Climate gerontology: Meeting the challenge of growing old in a changing climate

Gary Haq, Gloria Gutman

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The global population is ageing at a time when climate variability is increasing. It is argued that if we are to minimize the negative impact of environmental change on older people, interdisciplinary study of the convergence of the two trends, “climate gerontology”, is needed. Climate gerontology can
examine the unique challenges and needs of older people in coping with extreme weather events. It can contribute to our understanding of the everyday challenges of growing old in a changing climate and how we can achieve the “longevity dividend”. In particular, it can lead the way to the development of effective policies to reduce the carbon footprint of people during their life course, protect older people from climate-related threats and
mobilize their wealth of knowledge and experience to address these
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)462-467
JournalZeitschrift für Gerontologie und Geriatrie
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 6 Aug 2014


  • population ageing
  • Climate Change
  • carbon emissions
  • Vulnerability
  • resilience

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