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Seniors, Disaster Mortality, and End-of-Life Care

  • Maggie GibsonEmail author
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Abstract

There is growing evidence that a constellation of factors related to life stage, including health, social processes, and environmental ecology, create circumstances that lead to disproportionate mortality risk for older adults in disasters. There is a related risk that the palliative care needs of seniors who are already at the end stage of life or who die in the aftermath of a disaster can become lost when there is a sudden surge of people requiring acute intervention or a shortage of resources. This chapter is directed to the pressing need to facilitate the integration of palliative care practices within emergency preparedness and disaster response for seniors.

Keywords

Elderly Disasters Death Palliative care Emergency planning 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Veterans Care ProgramSt. Joseph’s Health Care LondonLondonCanada

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