Post-disaster recovery of older adults

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Tuohy, R.J. 2010 Post-disaster recovery of older adults Lower Hutt, N.Z.: GNS Science. GNS Science report 2010/09 27 p.

Abstract: Older adults are a population group who are at higher risk of experiencing negative impacts from a disaster. Factors such as age related physical and cognitive decline, mobility problems, reduced financial resources, and reduced social networks often result in greater challenges to older adults’ ability to cope prior to, during, and after a disaster. This report describes and analyses factors that can influence the recovery of older adults following disaster, and is based on international research literature and qualitative case study research from a recent New Zealand disaster event. Findings from this report suggest that a better understanding of age related needs of older adults is required to improve recovery assistance. Furthermore, the engagement and participation of older adults in decision-making and planning initiatives would improve age appropriate care for this age group in the recovery phase of a disaster. (auth)