Dependency of senior citizens on others who may need support themselves in disasters


Many studies have found that older people are more likely to experience physical problems after disasters. Changes in family structure are also a problem, as people become displaced. Older citizens may need housing and other support, which they did not previously. There is an added danger that authorities decide dependent older people can and should continue to be looked after by their carers, whilst in reality, the carers themselves may be struggling to cope. Finally, older people may have difficulties in accessing relief resources due to their psychophysical limitations.

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