NICOA American Indian Elders Conference

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2021 American Indian Elders Conference: “Resilience for Tomorrow… Together” will occur in Reno, Nevada, at the Nugget Resort and Casino, August 1 – 6, 2021.

NICOA’s conference is the only national aging conference in the country focusing exclusively on the needs of American Indian and Alaska Native elders. It will offer the opportunity to elevate issues in American Indian politics and legislation and focus on issues such as health, safety, financial management, elder abuse, caregiving, employment, retirement, and the Older Americans Act.

IAwill host multiple trainings and listening sessions with the support of grants from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the CDC Foundation. In addition, IA2 will offer up to 25 travel scholarships to help tribal staff who attend either of the two caregiver training sessions for professionals. Scholarships are dedicated for tribal staff who would otherwise be unable to afford to attend the trainings.

IAsessions include:

  • Savvy Caregiver for Indian Country Program Leader Training (3-day training Mon – Wed; dementia-specific)*
  • Native Elder Caregiver Curriculum Training for Professionals (1-day training Sun; not dementia-specific)*
  • Dementia Friends Champion Certification workshop (4-hour trainings on new culturally adapted content)
  • Dementia Wandering
  • Daily listening sessions for participants to discuss community information resource needs for Alzheimer’s disease and dementia information resources

*Pre-registration for Savvy Caregiver or Native Elder Caregiver Curriculum training is required. There is a limit of 25 participants for each of these courses. Dementia Friends Champion training pre-registration is preferred but not required to ensure enough workbook materials are printed

To pre-register for IA2 training sessions and apply for training scholarships for the Native Elder Caregiver Curriculum or Savvy Caregiver for Indian Country Program Leader Training visit: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/DX97SJF

**NOTE: You must also register for the NICOA Conference. Savvy Caregiver and Native Elder Caregiver training participants can register at a reduced conference rate of $160. Register for the conference here: NICOA American Indian Elders Conference Registration


IA2 Training Workshops at NICOA

The International Association for Indigenous Aging will be partnering with a variety of speakers and presenters to offer trainings at the NICOA conference. Dr. J. Neil Henderson, Dr. Jennifer Carson from the University of Nevada Reno, and Dr. Karen Semmens from the National Resource Center for Native American Aging (NRCNAA) will be leading workshops designed for tribal staff including elder services, public health, and community health representatives.

Picture of Dr. J. Neil Henderson

Dr. J. Neil Henderson

Savvy Caregiver for Indian Country Train-the-Trainer for Program Leaders: Join us for this 3-day training session (Mon – Wed) to learn how to become certified and bring the Savvy Caregiver for Indian Country evidence-based intervention to your community. Savvy Caregiver for Indian Country is a training program for caregivers that helps them and the affected person. It is based on the notion that family members who become caregivers for persons with Alzheimer’s and other dementing diseases assume a role — caregiving — for which they are unprepared and untrained.

Savvy Caregiver for Indian Country Program Leader Training is designed for professionals (advocates, community health workers, public health staff, etc.) working with Native caregivers who care for an elder with memory loss and thinking problems (dementia). One of the main themes of the Savvy Caregiver in Indian Country Trainer’s Manual is to teach family caregivers to know the stage of dementia corresponding to their loved one’s functioning and how to best provide care at each stage. Future Program Leaders will be trained to use the two program training manuals to lead caregivers through a series of exercises and brief talks they will provide. The major skills you need to lead the program are group facilitation. If you bring expertise in the area of Alzheimer’s and dementia, that is a plus! The program materials supply the information participants need about the disease. The amount that you will be called upon to “lecture” about these things will be minimal.

This training is supported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). The contents are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the official views of, nor an endorsement, by CDC/HHS, or the U.S. Government.

 

Dr. Jennifer Carson

Dr. Jennifer Carson

Dr. Jennifer Carson with University of Nevada, Reno will be presenting two different sessions on Wednesday and Thursday including the Dementia Friends Information Session and the Dementia Friends Champions Train-the-Trainer Workshop. The Dementia Friends Information Session for elders and other community members is a 1 hour session that provides a general overview of dementia, covers six key messages everyone should know about dementia, and helps community members understand the small things they can do to make a difference in the lives of people living with dementia.

A Dementia Friends Champion is a volunteer who goes through a 4 hour training that prepares them to encourage others to make a positive difference in the lives of people living with dementia in their community. After being trained as a Dementia Friends Champion, you will be prepared and equipped to facilitate 60- to 90-minute Dementia Friends Information Sessions with friends, family, colleagues, and the wider community. IA2  is now signed up as a national licensee as a Dementia Friends trainer and has developed training content and materials adapted for American Indian and Alaska Native communities. Tribal and Alaska Native communities and organizations can now affiliate with IA2 in lieu of working with state-based entities or in states where there is no Dementia Friends state licensee. Dementia Friends Champions are required to submit basic data on presentations hosted in their communities for reporting to the national Dementia Friends program host to track program outcomes.

We are excited to welcome you to this national program and movement.

This training is supported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). The contents are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the official views of, nor an endorsement, by CDC/HHS, or the U.S. Government.

 

Dr. Karen Semmens

Dr. Karen Semmens

Normal Age-Related & Expected Changes in Aging from the Native Elder Caregiver Curriculum will be presented in a pre-conference full day training on Sunday at the NICOA conference. 

The Native Elder Caregiving Curriculum was developed to meet identified learning needs of family caregivers, as well as Tribal community-based caregivers. Dr. Karen Semmens and Debra Fuller will walk participants through the exploration of the “Theories of Aging” and the common biological changes and disorders that can occur during the aging process. This full-day training session is designed for Title VI staff, elder advocates, community health representatives and other professionals.

The Native Elder Caregiver Curriculum (NECC) & Online Modules are tools that can assist community members, including as Community Health Representatives, who have the responsibility of caring for their Elders. This curriculum is dedicated to these caregivers and their values of respect, generosity, compassion, and fortitude. We hope it will empower these special people with some of the information they need to carry out their sacred work.

The Native Elder Family Caregiver Online Module is an interactive version of the NECC that was developed and specifically designed for family members providing care for an older adult.

The curriculum was developed through a collaboration between NRCNAA and Cankdeska Cikana Community College along with special input from Elders and community members of the Spirit Lake Nation. Support for this training is made possible through a grant from the CDC Foundation.

To pre-register for IA2 training sessions and apply for training scholarships for the Native Elder Caregiver Curriculum or Savvy Caregiver for Indian Country Program Leader Training visit: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/DX97SJF


Additional NICOA Conference Information

Registration Information

NICOA has expanded its registration for the conference to include Title VI program people, Students, and Title V program people. The pricing depends on what group you are with or your NICOA Membership status. If you are not with any specific group, the Associate Membership plus the Associate Registration cost is cheaper than a non-member registration and provides you with more access to information and programs to help our Elders in Indian Country. If you have any questions about the best way for you or someone you know to register for the conference, contact Cheryl Archibald at carchibald@nicoa.org or leave her a message at (505) 292-2001, ext. 1900. She will be glad to give you some guidance on the most cost-effective way to attend. We want everyone to have the opportunity to support our elders!

The following are special registration rates that do not require membership for pricing discount

  • Savvy Caregiver or Native Caregiver Curriculum training participants who pre-register with IA qualify for a reduced registration rate
  • Caregiver registration must provide the name of the Elder you are with
  • Title VI Attendee must provide proof of registration with the Title VI Conference or Title VI organization
  • Title V / Tribal Workforce Professionals (confirmation of affiliation required)
  • Student pricing is for High School or College attendees. Copy of student ID required with registration

If you are interested in attending, register here: NICOA American Indian Elders Conference Registration


Lodging and Sleeping Accommodations

Attendees must arrange their own lodging. NICOA encourages you to use the designated hotel for your stay. Please make arrangements with the hotel directly for Special Accommodations for ADA-accessible rooms. The Nugget Casino Resort offers complimentary internet, a fitness center, an indoor atrium pool, complimentary wheelchairs are available at the bell desk, and much more. Reno-Tahoe International Airport (RTIA) has 9 airlines to get you where you want to go! Currently operating out of RTIA are Alaska Airlines, Allegiant, American, Delta, Frontier, JetBlue, Southwest, United, and VolarisFREE Hotel Shuttle to and from Airport Runs Daily —9am -7pmDeparts the Airport every hour on the half-hour outside door D of the baggage claim area. Departs the Nugget from our Valet parking area every hour on the hour. The Nugget Casino Resort offers Free self-parking. Valet parking is currently unavailable due to COVID 19 safeguards; however, guests may use the valet entrance located under the Porte Cochere to drop off and pick up passengers and luggage before parking their vehicles in the parking garage or one of the Nugget surface parking lots. (There is also bus parking available) Tesla electric car charging parking is also available.

Nugget Casino Resort

1100 Nugget Avenue

Sparks, NV 89432


Conference Workshops and Presentations

NICOA will be hosting a vast arrangement of presenters, workshops, artists, a health fair, exhibitors, daily give-a-ways, and so much more!

  • Activate Your Elders & Diabetes Programs with Pole Walking
  • Wisdom Warriors – Indigenous and Evidence-Based Healing
  • Healthy Eating for Healthy Aging
  • Cooking for Healthy Lives Regardless of Age
  • Real Food and Mock Food: The Standard American Diet and Its Connections to Dementia
  • Small Eating Changes can Help your Heart
  • An Inclusive and Individualized Response for Victims of Crime with Disabilities – The Adult Advocacy Center Model
  • Adult Protective Services and Indian Country
  • Title VI Infographic and Evaluation Tool – Supporting the Title VI Programs in Sharing Your Story
  • Your Money, Your goals: New Financial Empowerment Tools
  • Grandparents as Parents: The Unique Strengths of Grandfamilies
  • A Tribal Injury Prevention Program in the U.S.: A Regional Injury Gap Analysis -Moving from a Regional Scale to a National Scale
  • Research and Dissemination of Alzheimer’s Disease Information by 5 Native Centers
  • Partnering With Communities for Help Everyone Age in a Good Way
  • Tribal Estate Planning Programs
  • Best Friends Approach (professional track)
  • Ambiguous Loss: Living with Uncertainty (caregiver track)
  • Brain Health
  • Elder Abuse Multi-Disciplinary Task Force & Elder Adult Protection Services
  • Healthy Active Natives: Fit and Fall Proof
  • Cannabis and CBD Care
  • Menopause for Men-Virtual & Menopause for Women-Virtual
  • Wandering and Dementia: A Novel Community Approach
  • Caring for Those Who Care: Meeting the Needs of American Indian and Alaska Native Caregivers

Workshop trainings that require additional registration with IA due to capacity limits include:

  • Savvy Caregiver for Indian Country presented by Dr. Joseph Neil Henderson
  • Native Elder Caregiver Curriculum training presented by Dr. Karen Semmens
  • Dementia Friends Information Session presented by Dr. Jennifer Carson
  • Dementia Friends Champions (Certification Session) presented by Dr. Jennifer Carson

To pre-register for IA2 training sessions and apply for training scholarships for the Native Elder Caregiver Curriculum or Savvy Caregiver for Indian Country Program Leader Training visit: www.surveymonkey.com/r/DX97SJF