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Senior Citizens More Susceptible To Life-Threatening Effects Of Natural Disasters

March 28, 2011 by  

Senior citizens more susceptible to life-threatening effects of natural disastersA new study reveals that senior citizens typically suffer disproportionately during natural disasters, such as the recent tsunami in Japan.

Due to the physical limitations of many people over the age of 65, survival preparations are especially important for seniors. The report, which appears in The Journal of Gerontology Series A: Biological and Medical Sciences, states that elderly citizens are especially at risk in the wake of a tsunami or other disasters because of a limited access to food, water and lifesaving medications.

In the 2006 edition of the journal Public Policy and Aging Report, it was revealed that three quarters of those who died as a result of Hurricane Katrina were over the age of 60.

When a region is devastated by a catastrophic event, many seniors do not have the physical capabilities to access the services that they need in order to survive. Thus, officials from The Gerontological Society of America said that proper preparations must be taken to ensure the safety of these at-risk citizens, including a multi-tier evacuation plan.

For example, "go-kits" should be accessible to all senior citizens. These kits should include contact information of family members and healthcare providers as well as high-nutrient foods. In addition, they should contain at least a week's supply of all prescription and over-the-counter medications that they normally take.  

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  • 45caliber

    A “new” study? The authorities and scientists just figured this out?

    Everyone knows that the elderly suffer the worst. They can’t move as fast to escape the blows, they are more fragile (bones anyway) so they break more easily, and they don’t have the strength they once had to do what is necessary to protect themselves or their families.

    NEW? This has been known since time began!!

  • http://com i41

    How many worthless jobs and how much taxpayer’s money was wasted on this b–l s–t feel good study. Now I supposed there will be a study to prove babies and young child have a higher death rate in diasters too. We already know severl millions were spent on the mating habits of dung beetles and breeding habits of Brazilian tree toads.

  • barbm

    it doesn’t help that so many in our country are obese. limits mobility and makes it hard to move quickly. obesity is also the reason so many are on medications. just because you’re getting older doesn’t mean we can’t exercise, stretch, and eat right.

  • http://com i41

    barbm, I will agree with you on moving around and staying active, both sets of my grandparents kived into their 80s. They worked all the time at doing something and beleived the retirement communities would be a boon to this country. They always said grandparents should be around to teach the grandkids some of the ways to enjoy life and have laughs, and did need somebody else babysitting their watching their grandkids. They all said more government meddling would happen and our nation would go into the decay. The granddad rhat was from Germany said the dems liked to segregate people in to groups. That was the way Germany was destroyed when Hitler was around and destroying the country. They always told us grandkids we would be taxed when we if ever got any SS. Which has happened when we all are still working yet.

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