We work to ensure older people can actively participate in community-based disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation. We also empower older men and women to influence national and international policies on disaster risk reduction and climate change.
Older people have specific vulnerabilities to disasters, shocks and stresses. Underlying factors such as respiratory illness, heart disease, reduced mobility, social exclusion or reduced access to income can further increase their vulnerability. In addition, they may be more dependent on services which may be disrupted by disasters, such as health and social protection services.
However, not all older people experience the same level of vulnerability and many have significant experience – including knowledge of eco-systems and traditional approaches to conservation – which can contribute to our global resilience.