Academic journal article Journal of Environmental Health

Environmental Fact Sheets for Older Adults Available in 11 Languages

Academic journal article Journal of Environmental Health

Environmental Fact Sheets for Older Adults Available in 11 Languages

Article excerpt

As the U.S. population continues to become more diverse, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (U.S. EPA) is taking steps to inform minority older adults and their caregivers about simple actions they can take to reduce environmental health hazards. U.S. EPA's Aging Initiative has developed six fact sheets that discuss the health impacts that air pollution, water contaminants, pesticides, and extreme heat have on the most common of the chronic health conditions that can be worsened by environmental contaminants.

The fact sheets outline simple preventive steps to reduce exposure to environmental hazards and have been translated into 11 languages, including Spanish, Portuguese, Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Haitian Creole, Italian, French, Arabic, Russian and Vietnamese. They address chronic conditions such as heart disease, stroke, and asthma, as well as health issues that can arise from exposure to environmental hazards such as drinking-water contaminants or pesticides:

* It's Too Darn Hot: Planning for Excessive Heat Events describes the ways in which older adults can reduce exposure to excessive heat and measures that local governments can take to prepare for periods of excessive heat. …

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