Abstract | May 7, 2021

Climate Change and Geriatric Risk

Presenting Author: David Lazris, BA, Medical Student, Emory University School of Medicine, Atlanta, GA

Learning Objectives

  1. The changing climate and its impact on human health.
  2. The increased risk to older populations with the current course of climate change;
  3. Provide implementable solutions to communities and physicians to address both climate change and the subsequent older adults increased health risk

As human driven climate change accelerates, certain subpopulations will face an increased risk of adverse health outcomes. Although the human effect on climate change and its subsequent effects on health is increasingly recognized, the level of action does not encapsulate the magnitude of the problem. Nations consistently do not meet their climate policy goals, and many of the largest polluting nations have governments that are skeptical of human’s prevalent impact on the environment. Increases in air pollution, global heat, and the intensity of natural disasters, have led to and will continue to cause an amplification of geriatric health issues in multiple organ systems. This paper will assess health risks regarding climate change in the United States, specifically focusing on a geriatric population.

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