Elder OutreachProviding special, personal services and support to our valued Alaska Native Elders
Alaska Native Elders provide connections to our families, communities, regions, languages and cultures. Our Elders deserve special services when they need them. ANTHC’s Elder Outreach and Long-Term Care program collaborates with Tribal health partners to identify the needs of Alaska Native Elders living in long-term care settings and develop the best solutions.
Overseen and guided by the members of the Alaska Native Elder Health Advisory Committee (ANEHAC), the program focuses on long-term care needs for Alaska Native Elders and keeping Elders as close to home and family as possible. The program also organizes events that connect volunteers with Elders through nursing home and assisted-living home visits.
Supporting Our Regional Partners
Reaching beyond Elders and their families, the Elder Outreach and Long-Term Care Program supports Tribal partners with the development of home and community based services, Tribal nursing and assisted living homes, and hospital support for nursing home and swing bed usage.
Visiting Our Elders
The Elder Outreach and Long-term Care program acknowledges the importance of traditional foods, cultural activities and personal interaction to Alaska Native Elders. So the program works with volunteers and nursing homes to arrange special visits to Elders living in long-term care settings. These visits are filled with conversations of culture and lunches of traditional foods. These visits currently take place regularly at nursing homes in Anchorage and Seward. The program also coordinates cultural activities at nursing homes such as Native dance groups and kuspuk making.
Become a Volunteer
The Elder Outreach and Long-Term Care program recruits and supports volunteers who wish to help bring a personal connection of culture and tradition to Alaska Native Elders living away from home. Volunteers help in a variety of ways, including: building relationships with Elders through regular visits; sharing stories and participating in cultural activities; providing or preparing traditional foods at luncheons; and more. To learn more about volunteering with the Elder Outreach and Long-term Care program, contact the group or click here for a volunteer application.