TITLE

RESPECTING THE CULTURAL RESOURCES OF AN INDIGENOUS NATION AS A KEY TO DEFINING AND MEETING THE HEALTH AND FINANCIAL NEEDS OF THEIR ELDERLY

AUTHOR(S)
Sereno, J.; Pastorello, T.
PUB. DATE
October 1996
SOURCE
Gerontologist;Oct1996 Supplement, Vol. 36 Issue 1, p258
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Abstract
ABSTRACT
Gerontological professionals who coordinate health and financial services in Central NY want to do more to meet the needs of an indigenous people both on reservation and in urban settings. Qualitative research, conducted by the first author, himself an American Indian, has yielded insights with the potential to form the bonds of trust between indigenous people and the social service system that can facilitate greater service utilization. In-depth interviews with American Indians living on and offthe reservation, including key informant interviews with a clan mother and other tribal elders (content analyzed using PROLOG computer software), have established the following utilization-focused findings as guidelines for social service professionals: 1) Acknowledge the strengths and resources of a great people, along with the health and financial needs any communiO,.' experiences. 2) Do not equate need with deficiency. 3) Elders, who can facilitate coordinated activities between their communities and the social service system, should be paid the same respect by outsiders that their age status grants them within their clans. 4) Bring not a mentality of providing information and services, but rather of exchanging knowledge and interdependent help. The elaborate, truest and most useful meanings of this summary will emerge from the authors' report of the actual words of the elders.
ACCESSION #
80255970

 

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