man wants to have a senior advocate in every Alaskan village. But he wants to
roll out his plan on Kodiak Island first.
Malutin is the elder advocate at the Kodiak Area Native Association. His job is
to be a conduit for senior concerns to the regional social service nonprofit,
and it’s his mission to expand services to elders everywhere on the island.
Malutin easily qualifies for senior status himself, but don’t call him an
1 16 sec “Today my sister
is 97 … starting to quit playing basketball.”)
The name of
his movement is “Honoring the Elders.” He says the most important aspect of
taking care of elders is providing them with the healthy traditional foods they
grew up on:
2 37 sec “There are so many
elders … and having happy elders.”)
when his mother was in her 90s and in the hospital, all they fed her was
3 13 sec “Just to given an
example … happy ending of life.”)
plan is to have an advocate in every village to be in regular contact with the
4 56 sec “With this program
… if that elder wants to be called.”)
on the Alaska Native Elders Health Advisory Board, and is scheduled to make a
presentation to them today in Anchorage. He is also making a presentation at
the Alaska Federation of Natives Youth and Elders Conference early next week,
and hopes to speak on the main floor of the AFN convention late next week, also
in Anchorage. He’ll then bring the proposal to the Alaska Commission on Aging,
on which he sits.
he wants to launch the plan in Kodiak’s six villages.
5 27 sec “First off we have
to … really good program for the elders.”)
will be the biggest obstacle to overcome, he says, but adds there are plenty of
grants for senior services he hopes to tap.