The American Nurses Association (ANA) was recently notified of many new materials developed by the U.S. EPA Aging Initiative. This extensive array of materials deals with environmental issues and how they affect older adults’ health. Per the EPA, by 2030 seventy million Americans will be 65 years of age or older, which is one in five Americans. Fact sheets are now available for older adults and those that care for them. These fact sheets focus on how to protect this population’s health and reduce their exposure from environmental hazards.
The following is a list of the fact sheets along with a short description of what each one contains. They are available in 15 different languages and larger print for the visually-impaired.
The EPA’s Aging Initiative is receiving applications for their Building Healthy Communities for Active Aging Awards. These reward excellent community planning and strategies that encourage active aging. Environmental and health benefits of each project submitted are also evaluated. The deadline to enter is September 12, 2008. For more information, visit www.epa.gov/aging/bhc/awards.
The 2008 Older Americans, Key Indicators of Well-Being chart book is available on-line at www.agingstats.gov. This book summarizes American older adults’ health and well-being, including information on air and food quality.
Finally, the EPA has a website that contains news, grant opportunities and information on the environment and aging, as well as a subscription list serve. For more information, see: www.epa.gov/aging.
Please take the time to review this important material. This information affects all of us in some way through ourselves, our families and/or our patients. Thank you for your interest in health and the environment.