How climate change hurts vulnerable older adults

McKnight’s Long-Term Care News reports on how climate change hurts vulnerable older adults. Frail older adults who are no longer living independently need to plan ahead, ideally with the help of a caregiver, for power outages and emergency evacuations. People living in nursing homes are particularly at risk of mental and physical harm.

Last month, my mother-in-law, who lives in an assisted living facility in Jacksonville, Florida was forced to evacuate her facility because of the threat of a hurricane. Lucky for her, she had family in the city who took her in. Most of the people in her assisted living facility were bussed down to Tampa–a three-hour drive–to ensure they were clear of the path of the hurricane.

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