100113: Psychological Issues for Older Adults in Disasters

About the Course:

This guide to caring for the elderly who survive disasters defines “elderly” and describes what makes older adults vulnerable to disasters. Included is information on the nature of disasters and human responses to them, as well as a list of resources and glossary of terms.


William Oriol

About the Author:

Publication DHHS # ESDRB SMA 99-3323

Course Objectives:

  1. to illuminate psychological/emotional difficulties that may arise among older adults during and after disasters

  2. to define “elderly” and expand knowledge of developmental aspects of aging

  3. to assist professionals, volunteers, families, and others dealing with older adults in providing appropriate disaster relief services

  4. to identify resources for assistance and further information on disaster relief for the elderly

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