Maintaining social contacts helps elders stay healthy. And it’s something elders have difficulty with. Researchers at Brigham Young University found links between social isolation and increased risks of heart disease, infections and cognitive decline. Few studies zero in on Native elders, but the problem is noticeable enough that organizations are offering ways to get elders out of the house and interacting with young people, each other and other members of the public.
Dr. Jordan Lewis (Native village of Naknek) – director of the National Resource Center for Alaska Native Elders
Dr. Colette Browne – professor and chair of the department of social work at the University of Hawaii, principal investigator of National Resource Center for Native Hawaiian Elders (Ha Kupuna)
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