Resources for the Media
Certain characteristics of older adults put them at greater risk of illness and death during many types of public health emergencies. Increasing protection for this population begins with improved understanding of the unique needs of older adults at all levels of emergency preparedness planning, response, and recovery, and increased competency in how to address those needs. CDC and its partners have resources that may be especially helpful to media professionals in their work to increase attention on these important issues.
CDC Healthy Aging Program Podcast This podcast discusses the special concerns many older adults face during a disaster. (Released January 2009)
Critical Issue Briefs (released March 2007)
These briefs describe the work CDC is doing to protect the health and safety of vulnerable older adults during emergencies, and offer planning tips to older adults and their caregivers.
Disaster Preparedness and the Chronic Disease Needs of Vulnerable Older Adults
CDC, Preventing Chronic Disease
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