Older adults can face greater risks when it comes to the multitude of extreme weather events and emergencies we now face, especially if they are living alone, have low-income, have a disability, or live in rural areas.
The U.S. Census Bureau projects that by the year 2035 there will be more Americans over the age of 65 than under the age of 18. Over the next decade, it is imperative that the growing older adult population become more aware of their risks and better prepared for them.
This National Preparedness Month, help keep older adults prepared for any disaster emergency.
- Have a contact list of your support network on their phone.
- Put medical alert tags or bracelets on them.
- Add medical information to their electronic devices.
- Have a copy of their house key.
- Know where they keep emergency supplies.
- Learn how to use lifesaving equipment and administer medicine.
- Have a transportation plan in case they don’t have a car or driver’s license.
- Take medical equipment into consideration.