Are Aging Adults at Risk from Exposure to Environmental Stressors?

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Are Aging Adults at Risk from Exposure to Environmental Stressors?

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Presenters: Andrew Geller (NHEERL), Bob Sonawane (NCEA) and Kent Thomas (NERL) Contributors: Chris Corton (NHEERL), Mike DeVito (NHEERL), Christopher Gordon (NHEERL), Urmila Kodavanti (NHEERL), Bob MacPhail (NHEERL), Sue McMaster (NHEERL), Joyce Royland (NHEERL), Kathy Sykes (OCHPEE) Science Questions: • Why be concerned about aging? • What would make aging adults more susceptible? • Do we have enough evidence? • What data do we need? The Research: • Why be concerned about aging? Aging adults are the fastest growing segment of the population. In recognition of this trend, and the Agency’s mandate to protect the most susceptible Americans, the EPA established the Aging Initiative in part to (1) improve our understanding of the effects of environmental contaminants on aging adults, (2) disseminate educational materials on environmental health risks to older adults and (3) engage older adults and stakeholder groups in this effort. • What would make aging adults more susceptible? Aging is

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