The Area Agency on Aging offers a variety of health promotion/disease prevention activities for elders and family caregivers. AAA offers Medication Management, Nutrition Education, Chronic Disease Self Management Program, and Enhance Fitness.
ITCA-AAA collaborates with organizations, agencies, or individuals that are knowledgeable about Medication Management (Indian Health Service, AARP, and consultants, etc.). These organizations or consultants will conduct the workshops at senior centers. ITCA-AAA also partners with other ITCA Health Programs or other presenters that are knowledgeable in the health and nutrition field for Nutrition Education and Educational Services. ITCA-AAA will set up the workshops and notify the tribal elder services program about scheduled workshops. The elder services staff will notify the elders about the workshops.
ITCA-AAA offers the Chronic Disease Self-Management Program (CDSMP), an evidence-based program, at four tribal community sites. ITCA-AAA hosts lay leader training for the tribes annually and assist the tribes in implementing the workshops. The Master Trainers provided training to over 30 lay-leaders. ITCA-AAA plans to have participating tribes conduct two workshops annually (each workshop is six-weeks long) using the Stanford University’s CDSMP curriculum. Over 80 elders and caregivers will complete the six-weeks workshop on an annual basis.
ITCA-AAA has partnered with the White Mountain Apache Tribe (WMAT), the Gila River Indian Community, the Salt River Indian Community, and the Fort Mojave Indian Tribe to conduct the Enhance Fitness Program. The tribes provide the lay-leader and recruit the elders. The senior centers conduct the exercise sessions three-times a week for elders.