Appropriate Ways to Show Respect and Establish Rapport

Paying Attention to American Indian Values

  • Listening is valued over talking by most older American Indians
  • Calmness and humility are valued over speed and self-assertion or directiveness

Important Aspects of Showing Respect for the Older Adult’s Experience

  • Avoiding the “invisible elder” syndrome
  • Asking for the elder’s help in understanding the current situation and in planning the components of further care are