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Authors

  1. LAMB, KAREN V. DNP, APRN, BC
  2. O'BRIEN, CATHERINE MPH, MA
  3. FENZA, PAULA J. MA

Abstract

Recent natural and manmade disasters such as the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, the hurricanes of 2005, and Chicago heat waves demonstrate the vulnerability of older adults to such events. In this article, the specific physical, psychosocial, and cultural characteristics of older adults that place them at greater risk during disasters and emergencies are discussed. Unique concerns of older adults and their families in disasters and emergencies are addressed. In addition, the impact that these characteristics have on the ability of older adults to respond to such events and recover from them is discussed. Finally, strategies that home health providers can use in working with vulnerable older adults are explored.