Climate change and vulnerable populations
December 6, 2016
The elderly are one of the most vulnerable populations during a natural disaster. They are more likely to be disabled, have fewer resources, and struggle more during harsh weather. The extreme weather brought on by climate change impacts elderly populations to a greater degree.
David Filiberto, who studies aging and the environment in the BCTR, was quoted in a recent article on vulnerable populations and climate change:
David Filiberto, PhD, a research associate at Cornell University’s Yang-Tan Institute on Employment and Disability, whose work focuses on how climate change affects vulnerable populations, said the aging population has doubled globally since 1980 and is projected to reach 2 billion by 2050.
“As you age, prevalence for disability increases,” Filiberto told The Nation’s Health. “Heat-related, cold-related and other weather-related deaths have the potential to show a substantial increase for people age 75 and older as the frequency of these events increases.”
David Filiberto is involved in research focused on aging and the environment, currently implementing and disseminating the Retirees in Service to the Environment (RISE) program in the Cornell Institute for Translational Research on Aging in the BCTR. He is an evaluator and social scientist with expertise in research methods, particularly the design and administration of survey instruments. David’s research focuses on sustainability and the effects a changing climate has on vulnerable populations.