Climate change poses serious threats to the health of America’s growing population of older adults, according to the EPA. Many aging Americans are battling chronic illnesses, such as cardiovascular disease, lung disease and high blood pressure, which can be made worse under the added stresses of climate change. Air pollution is expected to increase in densely-populated areas, contributing to asthma attacks and other respiratory issues. Extreme heat events are a major source of climate-related risk for older adults, with seniors experiencing disproportionate risks of heat-related mortality. People with certain diseases, such as cardiovascular and respiratory illnesses, are especially vulnerable to excessive heat exposure, as are the economically disadvantaged and elders in urban areas. Click Here>>
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