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Report: Seniors vulnerable in times of disaster

By Maya Haynes

The Nation's Health, September 2, 2014

Seniors can sometimes be forced to fend for themselves during disasters. However, they could be safer if they had better forms of communication and access to more resources, according to a new report from the New York Academy of Medicine.

The July report, “Resilient Communities: Empowering Older Adults in Disaster and Daily Life,” was based on focus groups held with New York City seniors who had lived through 2012’s Hurricane Sandy. Almost three-quarters of the participants lived in the area most affected by the hurricane.

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