Report: Elderly get little notice in natural disaster preparation

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Elderly suffer more compared to other populations in natural disasters. But so far, not much is happening on the policy front to change that, a new report claims.

During major weather events in the past several years, including the deadly 1995 Chicago heat wave and Hurricane Katrina last year, older adults were disproportionately overlooked, abandoned or forgotten, according to Public Policy & Aging Report, a quarterly publication of the National Academy on an Aging Society.

The report "Disasters and Aging" emphasizes that with projected climate changes and the potential for more heat waves, the likely consequences of these events would be an increased incidence of death and serious illness among the elderly and other at-risk populations.

A copy of the report is available at: http://www.agingsociety.org.