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The contribution of assets to adaptation to extreme temperatures among older adults

Ana Raquel Nunes
Created: 6/27/2019 - Updated: 6/27/2019

Abstract

Climate change and extreme temperatures pose increasing challenges to individuals and their health with older adults being one of the most vulnerable groups. The aim of this paper is to better understand the roles that tangible assets (e.g., physical or financial) and intangible assets (e.g., human or social) play in the way older adults adapt to extreme temperatures, the types of adaptive responses they implement, limits and constraints, as well opportunities for better adaptation. Rather than focusing exclusively on extremes of heat, or considering each type of asset in isolation, the important and novel contribution of this paper is to take an integrated and multi-seasonal qualitative and quantitative approach, that conjointly investigates all categories of assets in relation to the adaptations that independently-living older adults make to both extreme heat and extreme cold.

 

Published On

Thursday, November 29, 2018

Keywords

Scale: 
Community / Local
Sector Addressed: 
Public Health
Research
Target Climate Changes and Impacts: 
Temperature
Public health risks
Type of Adaptation Action/Strategy: 
Capacity Building
Conduct / Gather additional research, data, and products
Sociopolitical Setting: 
Urban