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Older Adult Health & Medical Concerns

The health of older adults may decline during emergencies due to multiple factors. Older adults often have more chronic conditions than other age groups, the treatment of which may require daily medications, specialized equipment, and care coordination. Sensory, physiological, and cognitive changes that may occur in the normal course of aging can also make it more difficult for older adults to cope with disaster situations such as extreme temperatures or noisy, crowded shelters. Understanding potential older adult health and medical concerns is essential in order to appropriately plan for these issues before an emergency event.

The following links include information on the specific health-related concerns older adults may face during emergencies.

General Considerations

Mental Health, including Dementia

Chronic Conditions



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