Webinar: Extreme Events, Environmental Health, and the Elderly
Friday, September 15
1:00-2:00 p.m. EDT
The National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences has key strategic goals focused on examining, characterizing, and addressing exposures and susceptibility across the lifespan. Although much of this research to date has focused on neonates and children, susceptibility across the lifespan also includes consideration of the many factors affecting aging populations. Among these factors are lifelong exposures to numerous potentially toxic chemicals; co-morbidities affecting health resilience and disease susceptibility; and social conditions such as poverty, isolation, acculturation, and English-language proficiency. Two of the most serious threats to the health of aging populations, however, are extreme weather events and increases in seasonal variation. This webinar focuses on the effects of environmental and sociocultural factors on specific aging subpopulations, with a particular focus on the effects of extreme events.