Rethinking Vulnerability: Older Adults' Disaster Experiences
University of Colorado Boulder
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- Online-only seminar via Microsoft Teams
Older adults are often considered to be a socially vulnerable population; however, these individuals are frequently overlooked and are rarely consulted in research or practice. Disaster vulnerability is a complex and multi-dimensional issue that reflects a variety of factors including geography, the built environment, and social stratification, among others. People of every age experience disasters in ways that correspond not simply by their individual characteristics, but by the ways in which their social environment shapes their exposure to and protection from the risks within their physical environment. In this presentation, Dr. Nnenia Campbell will discuss disaster experiences among people at later stages of the lifecourse to address common misconceptions and to complicate narratives of disaster vulnerability within this population.