Vulnerability of Seniors to a Changing Climate

Led by current AUNE doctoral candidate Jason Rhoades, the Center and the City of Bridgeport have begun working on a new assessment analyzing the proportional impacts climate change may have on our senior populations.

Abstract:

Recent reports, including the 2014 National Climate Assessment have identified the elderly as one group with a heightened vulnerability to climate change. Despite the importance of protecting the elderly from the impacts of climate change, little in-depth research has explored how climate change will impact the elderly, and there is little knowledge about the perspectives and priorities of the elderly in the context of climate change adaptation. As a result, adaptation efforts may fail to understand or address key vulnerabilities. In an effort to further our understanding and develop more effective approaches to protect the elderly, the Center for Climate Preparedness and Community Resilience at Antioch University New England and the City of Bridgeport Department on Aging have undertaken the Climate Resilient Seniors project. Climate Resilient Seniors brings together City staff with the elderly community in a participatory adaptation planning process. The socioeconomic diversity, exposure to multiple climate-related stressors, and climate leadership shown by the City, make Bridgeport a particularly rich case for this research.

Through a series of facilitated meetings supported by additional data collection and analysis, participants are exploring how the elderly will be impacted by a variety of dynamic climate-related stressors, including heat waves, storms and flooding, sea level rise, and air pollution. With this understanding as a basis, participants will develop and prioritize adaptation strategies to enhance their resilience. Climate Resilient Seniors began in July of 2014 and is expected to be completed by May of 2015.

For more information on the Climate Resilient Seniors Project, contact Jason Rhoades at: 603-283-2346 /

 

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