Climate Change and Older Americans – Webinar

Date: November 20, 2013

Time: 10:30 am -11:30 am

Host: NYSERDA: Low-Income Forum on Energy (LIFE)

Type: Other


Older adults make up 13% of the U.S. population, but are projected to account for 20% by 2040. Coinciding with this demographic shift, the rate of climate change is accelerating, bringing rising temperatures; increased risk of floods, droughts, and wildfires; stronger tropical storms and hurricanes; rising sea levels; and other climate-related hazards.Older Americans are expected to be located in places that may be relatively more affected by climate change, including coastal zones and large metropolitan areas.


This presentation will review the research on climate change and older Americans, summarizing key findings related to demographics; climate stressors relevant to older adults; factors contributing to exposure, sensitivity, and adaptive capacity; and adaptation strategies.


Presenter: Dr. Janet Gamble, Global Change Research Program, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency