AK: Caring for Elders

Photo by Shaleece Haas: Matthew Malcolm in the van on the way from Fairbanks to Eagle. He could tell where we were in the journey by the feeling of the turns in the road.

For Native elders who grew up in rural Alaska, the desire to die at home runs deep.

But taking care of elders in rugged and isolated villages is a complicated task. And for many, aging in place is not an option.

Reporter Shaleece Haas traveled to Eagle on the Upper Yukon to find out what’s at stake for Native elders in need of long-term care.

This story was produced with support from the MetLife Foundation Journalism in Aging Fellowship, a program of New America Media and the Gerontological Society of America.

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