Fort Hall Police Department presents on drug-related issues affecting the community at the 11th Annual Taking A Stand Against Elder Abuse conference May 9.
By JAMES HILL
FORT HALL — The 11th annual Elder Abuse Conference was at at the Shoshone-Bannock Hotel & Event Center May 9, 10 and 11.
The first night there was a meet and greet with speakers and staff also a dinner sponsored by Greater Idaho Chapter Alzheimer’s Association.
On the second day Bob Johnson was the emcee, where there was a Parade of Nations with songs from Spring Creek Singers. Fort Hall Business Council member Ladd Edmo welcomed participants and Miss Shoshone-Bannock Kaycee Dixey also shared some words.
Marcia Hall presents Owyhee elder Delmar Kelly with an award at the conference.
Chandra Wilson did the first presentation about Building Our Largest Dementia (BOLD) Network. Wilson is the Project Manager for BOLD, spoke about dementia and the affects it has on elder Native Americans along with a short film.
The next presentation was about Tribal Health Education — Elizabeth Jim talked about the importance of physical activities and the group participated with light exercises. Lunch was sponsored by the Shoshone-Bannock Tribes while dancers from the Shoshone-Bannock Jr./Sr. High School dance troupe performed.
After Fahim Rahim MD Nephrologist JRM, explained Home Dialysis Vs. In Center Dialysis pros and cons.
Fort Hall Police Department staff CI Lieutenant Tendoy, CI Sweat, and Patrol Lieutenant Johnson did a presentation about Drugs on the Rez and the negative impact they have within the community. They shared pictures of drug busts that only occurred on the Fort Hall reservation, and talked about the dangers of fentanyl and how just by contact of the skin a small amount could be fatal.
Sho-Ban dance troupe perform at the conference.
Shaylynn Kellogg, Colista Matsaw and TJ Tso from Idaho Rez rising spoke about Maintaining Financial Security in Your Elder Years and about the benefits of owning your own business and offered tips about personal, business, and auto loans.
The evening ended with a trip to Lava Hot Springs with transportation provided.