The National Indian Council on Aging’s (NICOA) mission is to bring American Indian and Alaska Native elders improved, comprehensive services. NICOA’s objectives are to (1) communicate and cooperate with service provider agencies and advocacy organizations in the aging network, (2) disseminate information on available resources to the national Indian community, (3) intercede with appropriate agencies to ensure access to these resources, (4) provide expert testimony to Congress on American Indian issues and needs, and (5) serve as a national clearinghouse for issues affecting American Indian and Alaska Native elders.
American Association of Retired Persons, American Society on Aging, National Indian Health Board, National Congress of American Indians, National Council on Aging, National Association of Title VI Organizations, National Association of Area Agencies on Aging, Indian Health Service, and other groups that focus on American Indian aging and health.
NICOA is a national sponsor for the Senior Community Service Employment Program authorized under Title V of the Older Americans Act. As of October 1, 2006, NICOA has operated this program in seven states, serving more than 800 participants who receive employment training and experience. NICOA, funded by the Administration on Aging, also serves as a Technical Assistance Center on Health Disparities among American Indian and Alaska Native Elders. NICOA also operates the Diabetes Education Outreach Strategies Project through the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention REACH 2010 Program.
NICOA holds its national conference every two years, with the next conference in 2016.
NICOA publishes a quarterly newsletter, Elder Visions, and numerous other reports concerning American Indian elders related to diabetes, long-term care, and elder abuse.