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Boosting disaster resilience among older adults
Shih, Regina A.; Acosta, Joie D.; Chen, Emily K.; Carbone, Eric G.; Xenakis, Lea; Adamson, David M.; Chandra, Anita
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This research brief provides an overview of research conducted to better understand the role of aging-in-place efforts in enhancing the disaster resilience of older adults. The research team interviewed key informants from three stakeholder groups — staff from 11 public health departments, 16 AFC leaders, and 10 village executive directors.
- Older adults are particularly vulnerable to natural disasters but also possess assets that can contribute to disaster preparedness.
- Public health department efforts to promote disaster preparedness do not always accommodate the needs of older adults.
- Aging-in-place efforts—activities to help older adults live well in their homes and communities rather than in institutional settings—focus on daily needs rather than on disaster resilience.
- Current aging-in-place efforts can be harnessed to strengthen disaster resilience among older adults.
- Collaborations between public health departments and organizations that promote aging in place could improve disaster resilience among older populations.
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