The goal of the Elderly Services program is to promote health and wellbeing for tribal elders within Central Council’s service area (Douglas, Hydaburg, Juneau, and Saxman). The program assists tribal elders and family caregivers in accessing community services and resources. Program staff may also provide home visits to ensure an elder is safe in their home, and make appropriate referrals to help an elder maintain an independent lifestyle. The program provides:
- Access to community resources and caregiver support services;
- Reports of harm to Adult Protective Services when there is an incident of elder abuse, neglect or financial exploitation;
- Advocacy by providing case management services, making referrals to service providers, assisting in the completion of applications and forms for such things as heating assistance, public assistance, Medicaid, Medicare and Social Security;
- A weekly “Elder Chair Fitness Class” in Juneau (held every Thursday at the Vocational Training & Resource Center), transportation to and from the class is provided by request, and a light lunch is served after the fitness class;
- Coordination of an Annual Caregivers’ Workshop, health education events, cultural and fun group activities, and promotion activities that address issues and concerns such as elders’ fall prevention, nutrition, and health related topics and issues; and
- A temporary Equipment Loan Closet for manual wheel chairs, folding walkers, rolling walkers with basket and folding seat, and canes.
For more information please contact Tribal Family & Youth Services | Elderly Services: Toll Free: 1.800.344.1432 ext. 7131 | Local: 907.463.7131 | Fax: 907.885.0032