Collision of climate change and aging populations needs serious study.
|Article Type:||Brief article|
Climatic changes (Demographic aspects)
|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|
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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