Collision of climate change and aging populations needs serious study.
Article Type: Brief article
Subject: Aging (Environmental aspects)
Climatic changes (Demographic aspects)
Pub Date: 03/22/2011
Publication: Name: Human Ecology Publisher: Cornell University, Human Ecology Audience: Academic Format: Magazine/Journal Subject: Health; Science and technology; Social sciences Copyright: COPYRIGHT 2011 Cornell University, Human Ecology ISSN: 1530-7069
Issue: Date: Spring, 2011 Source Volume: 39 Source Issue: 1
Geographic: Geographic Scope: United States Geographic Code: 1USA United States
Accession Number: 266957311
Full Text: Human Ecology researchers are calling on their colleagues around the world to focus on how aging global populations will intersect with climate change and pressure for environmental sustainability. In. article published in the Journal of Aging and Health (April 2011), professor of human development Karl Pillemer and four Cornell colleagues argued that environmental threats disproportionately affect the health of the aging. "These risks are likely to increase as the effects of climate change are felt," the authors wrote. "The older population is at greater risk for adverse health effects from extreme temperatures, susceptibility to disease, stresses on the food and water supply, and reduced ability to mobilize quickly." Co-authors of the new article include Nancy Wells, associate professor of design and environmental analysis; RhodaMeador, associate director of extension and outreach for Human Ecology and associate director of the Bronfenbrenner Life Course Center; Jennifer Parise, graduate student in human development; and Linda Wagenet, former senior extension associate in development sociology, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.

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