PIC ID: 7968; Agency Sponsor: IHS, Indian Health Service; Federal Contact: Melton, Debbie, 301-443- 4700; Performer: Indian Health Service, Rockville MD
Performance Improvement 2006. Assessing the Effect of Health Care Delivery Among the Emerging Elders of Fort Peck
In the past, the Indian population’s life expectancy was shortened due to a variety of factors. The shorter life expectancy meant fewer elders with chronic diseases. The Native population is now seeing more elders, and with that, more elders with chronic diseases or other manifestations of aging. The Emerging Elders (55 - 64 years of age) represent an understudied group who appear to have the highest degree of disability of any age group, even than those more advanced in age. Fort Peck Service Unit provides services for the continuum of ages in our population. We have begun to use a variety of assessment tools targeted to evaluate the health status of elders and direct appropriate intervention. The Service Unit used the data being generated through our assessment tools to evaluate the health services required to better plan improved future services for this rapidly growing high risk segment of our population. The Health Services Research used data collected to study and analyze for a better use of health information available to service units on our specific population of Emerging Native Elders and plan for future and near-future services.