Caregivers of Native American Elders

Caring for someone with Alzheimer’s disease can be difficult and overwhelming. The UW ADRC is engaged in an effort to improve your access to information about caring for a loved one and to support during this time. We have also worked to improve the resources and materials offered in the clinics that serve your area, as well as provide education about diagnosis, treatment, and care. If you or someone you know is taking care of an elder with Alzheimer’s disease or other condition that leads to cognitive impairment, we encourage you to use the caregiver support groups and resources listed below. We also hope you take a look at some of the local arts and social opportunities available for people living with memory loss or dementia.

Krystal Koop (Makah)

Resources for Indigenous Caregivers

Savvy Caregiver In Indian Country Trainer’s Manual

The Savvy Caregiver in Indian Country Trainer’s Manual is designed for caregivers working with American Indian and Alaskan Native caregivers who care for an elder with memory loss and thinking problems, referred to as dementia.

Part 1: Introduction to Indian Country

Part 2: Class Sessions


Native Elder Caregiver Curriculum (NECC) (Download at NRCNAA website) is a 265-page training resource for families and caregivers serving rural American Indian elders, made available through the National Resource Center on Native American Aging, Center for Rural Health, University of North Dakota. The NECC has been designed as a tool to assist caregivers who have the responsibility of caring for their elders. The NECC curriculum focuses on topics that have been identified by elders and caregivers in rural Tribal communities as being useful in the provision of community‐based elder‐care.


King County Caregiver Support Network (Link)

The King County Caregiver Support Network helps caregivers find support groups, counseling, training, and other resources to better care for their loved ones with Alzheimer’s disease.


Alzheimer’s Association- Washington State Chapter (Link)

Our local chapter of the Alzheimer's Association provides information and resources to help elders and their families learn about dementia through a 24/7 helpline, care consultation, education, early stage programs, caregiver resources, and an online library.


Arts & Social Activities for People Living with Memory Loss or Dementia

  • Momentia Seattle: A source of local dementia-friendly opportunities offered by  a growing number of community members and organizations.



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Calendar of Events

This calendar includes Indigenous Aging events & free community talks and programs for people living with memory loss offered by the UW ADRC/Memory and Brain Wellness Center.