Climate change impacts seniors living near the coast
As the U.S. population ages, more seniors are living in coastal communities than ever before—census data shows the coastal population over 65 went up by 89% from 1970 to 2010.
A new Climate Central report (the first in a 3-part series) screens for the potential risk of coastal flooding and sea level rise to senior facilities in five states. By 2050, Florida is projected to be the hardest hit, with a 67% increase in the number of units potentially exposed, amounting to over 5,900 beds in 91 facilities.
Research shows that evacuating elders from nursing homes and assisted living facilities versus sheltering in place has caused more harm than good. In some hurricanes, the difficulties and stresses of moving vulnerable older adults has caused more deaths than the actual storms.
Over the next two weeks you will receive two more installments of this series, covering how climate-driven coastal emergencies threaten seniors’ health and lives and the hidden climate threat to seniors’ finances.