Disaster Preparedness and the Chronic Disease Needs of Vulnerable Older Adults
Aldrich, N. and Benson, W.F. (2008). Disaster Preparedness and the Chronic Disease Needs of Vulnerable Older Adults. Preventing Chronic Disease. 5(1): A27.
The authors of this study discuss how planning and coordination among public health and emergency preparedness professionals and professionals who provide services for the aging are essential to meet the special needs of the elderly with chronic diseases. They note several tools and strategies already exist, and these include having professionals from diverse fields work and train in coalitions, ensuring that advocates for older adults participate in community-wide emergency preparedness, and using community mapping data to identify areas where many older adults live.