The report “Growing Old in a Changing Climate” is the first national report to examine the impact of climate change on an ageing population. It aims to stimulate wider debate on the issue, and appropriate policy responses from institutions, politicians and older people.
Dr Gary Haq,
Mervyn Kolher, Special Advisor, Help the Aged and co-author, said: "Two enormous — but utterly predictable — waves will be rolling across the global landscape in the coming decades: the ageing of our populations and the effects of climate change. Whatever other political and social policy changes will command our attention; these two challenges will be constant and unrelenting. Older people are likely to be physically, financially and emotionally less resilient to climate change and Government strategies will need to address this."…Old Woman Dozing by Nicolaes Maes (1656), Oil on canvas, 135 x 105 cm. Musées Royaux des Beaux-Arts, Brussels, Wikimedia Commons