The Seniors Health & Wellness Program is intended to help American Indian older adults stay healthy, and prevent or manage health conditions such as diabetes, heart disease/stroke and other conditions that disproportionately impact American Indians. The Seniors Health and Wellness Program functions as part of the Native FAN (Fitness and Nutrition) Program by focusing on the special needs of American Indian elders who are age 45 and up.
The Seniors Program is also the designated Urban Wisdom Steps Program, a part of a network of programs promoting physical activity and health on all reservations in Minnesota. In particular, Wisdom Steps encourage Indian elders to engage in walking, and to record and report their steps through the program for incentives and prizes. By walking the Wisdom Steps path, elders teach the entire community about the importance of health. Wisdom Steps serves American Indian Elders age 55 and up.
Social activities for elders that help with program recruitment and retention, promote social support and community connectedness among participants, and which help combat depression and isolation which are common problems among elders.
The Elder’s Health and Wellness Program is guided by the Elder’s Advisory Council which meets monthly.
Contact the Minneapolis American Indian Center’s Elders Health & Wellness Coordinator at (612) 879-1703 for more information.
Seniors Health & Wellness Program Coordinator
Seniors Health & Wellness Coach