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This module is designed to provide information to increase the health care provider’s awareness of specific cultural, racial, ethnic, and tribal influences on health and health care of the older American Indian.

World view, life experiences, and the cultural context in which today’s American Indian elderly live are described as it relates to health care. Note, data depicted are relevant to the overall American Indian population but individual tribes may have higher or lower rates.

Information in the content section is based on evidence from research, and citations to the published studies are included.

Course Director & Editor-in-Chief
of the Ethnogeriatrics Curriculum & Training

VJ Periyakoil, MD
Stanford University School of Medicine
periyakoil at stanford dot edu


Levanne Hendrix, GNP, MSN, PhD
Veterans Administration Palo Alto Health Care System


Special thanks to the following reviewers:

Melvina McCabe, MD

Special thanks to Krishnan Subrahmanian, MS for his contribution to the information on cancer rates for Colorectal, Breast Cancer, Lung Cancer, and Oral Cavity and Pharynx Cancer.

Copyright/Referencing Information:

Users are free to download and distribute eCampus Geriatrics modules for educational purposes only.

When using this resource please cite us as follows:

Hendrix, L, PhD: Health and health care of American Indian Older Adults. In Periyakoil VS, eds. eCampus-Geriatrics, Stanford CA, 2010.

– See more at: http://geriatrics.stanford.edu/ethnomed/american_indian.html