Climate, Health & Aging: Risk Perception, Recovery, and Resilience among Older Adults - Alexis Merdjanoff - Innovators Seminar

Climate, Health & Aging: Risk Perception, Recovery, and Resilience among Older Adults

Alexis Merdjanoff, New York University

Thursday, August 15, 2019, 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm

FL1-2198 EOL Atrium

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Abstract: The older adult population is estimated to increase 80% over the next twenty years. Environmental threats such as coastal erosion, strengthening hurricanes, and frequent flooding disproportionally affect the health and well-being of older adults. Despite their vulnerability to such hazards, there has been little planning focused on meeting the needs of older adults whose homes and communities are susceptible to these types of events. Given this perfect storm of shrinking coastlines and an aging U.S. population, there is an urgent need to understand how older adults can successfully age in coastal communities, as well as the possible mitigation and adaptation strategies that could be implemented.

This presentation will use data from two longitudinal disaster cohorts to explore the drivers of long-term recovery and resilience for older adults: the Gulf Coast Child & Family Health (G-CAFH) Study, a longitudinal cohort of 1,079 residents from Louisiana and Mississippi who were highly affected by Hurricane Katrina; and, the Sandy Child & Family Health (S-CAFH) Study, a 1,000-person cohort of adults living in the nine New Jersey counties most affected by Hurricane Sandy. Additionally, this presentation will explore qualitative pilot data recently collected with older adults living in New Orleans on what it is like to age in a coastal community.   

BIO: Dr. Alexis Merdjanoff is a Clinical Assistant Professor in Social and Behavioral Sciences at New York University’s College of Global Public Health and Director of Research for the Population Impact, Recovery and Resilience (PiR2) research program. She is a public health sociologist who explores how population health is affected by exposure to natural hazards, including hurricanes, floods, and extreme heat. Dr. Merdjanoff is particularly interested in how social inequalities shape the impact of natural hazards on health, recovery, and resilience for vulnerable populations.


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Monday, August 12, 2019 to Wednesday, August 14, 2019
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Thursday, August 15, 2019 - 12:00pm to 1:30pm

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