Sharing Stories and Resources on Indigenous Peoples’ Day

October 10, 2022

Research, Clinical Care, Community Champions, ADRC News

October 10th is Indigenous Peoples' Day!  An official U.S. holiday as of 2021, Indigenous Peoples' Day  is celebrated to honor the past, present, and future of American Indian and Alaska Native peoples throughout the nation.

Today, the UW Memory and Brain Wellness Center/UW ADRC looks back on stories we've published about aging and dementia from leaders in the local American Indian and Alaska Native communities.


Indigenous perspectives on dementia and dementia-friendly communities

Takeaways from 'Indigenous perspectives on dementia and dementia-friendly communities', a panel discussion at the Memory and Brain Wellness Center’s Collaborating for a Dementia-Friendly Washington: Expanding Possibilities Conference.



Meet Dr. Gary Ferguson: “Lifelong Learner, Wounded Healer”

A Conversation with Dr. Gary Ferguson on Traditional Foods, Ways of Healing, and Indigenous Elder Wisdom




Sweeping Aside the Clouds: The Wisdom behind Indigenizing Evidence-Based Health Programs for Elders

Becky Bendixen is a Tribal Program Specialist at the Northwest Regional Council and the co-creator of the health intervention program Wisdom Warriors. She generously shares the story driving her passion to improve the health and wellbeing of Elders and of Native communities more broadly. It is one of heartbreak, healing, and the power of connecting to Unangam traditional culture and dance.



Food for Thought: Revitalizing Indigenous Knowledge about Healthy Eating

An ADRC Interview with Valerie Segrest, a member of the Muckleshoot Nation and leading voice in tribal food sovereignty, about her approach to traditional foods and how to harness the power of food to improve health, longevity, and spirit.



Wisdom of Our Elders: The Storytelling of Jamestown S’Klallam Elder and Storyteller Elaine Grinnell 

Elaine Grinnell, Jamestown S’Klallam elder, shared her stories and knowledge on Indigenous Aging at University of Washington’s Intellectual House.



This week, explore the Indigenous Aging resources at the UW Alzheimer's Disease Research Center. This web resource, produced by the UW ADRC and WSU Partnerships for Native Health include information and resources for:

Community members

Caregivers of Native American Elders 

Clinic Providers and Directors

Community Health Representatives

Native AD Research Education for students and researchers interested in Alzheimer's disease and related dementias in American Indians and Alaskan Natives.


Ideas for celebrating Indigenous Peoples' Day this week:

Local Indigenous Peoples' Day events Oct 10-19, 2022 (livestreaming on Zoom) at the WSU Native American Programs webpage

Virtual Tour: UW campus Indigenous Walking Tour

Virtual Tour: Nancy Kovalik's Collection of Northwest Coast Native Art