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J Aging Health. 2011 Apr;23(3):433-53. doi: 10.1177/0898264310381278. Epub 2010 Sep 21.

Environmental sustainability in an aging society: a research agenda.

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Department of Human Development, MVR Hall, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY 14853, USA. kap6@cornell.edu

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

This article presents the results of a multidisciplinary consensus conference held to recommend a research agenda on the relationship between aging and environmental sustainability and conservation. The intersection of these two topics has important implications for the health and well-being of older persons but it has thus far received little scientific attention.

METHODS:

The consensus conference was conducted with gerontological experts from various disciplines and environmental scientists. Using a structured methodology, participants achieved consensus on recommendations for a research agenda on aging and environmental sustainability.

RESULTS:

Eight major recommendations for research are detailed in this article as well as cross-cutting research themes affecting all areas, including racial and economic diversity, geographical region, cohort, and intergenerational linkages.

DISCUSSION:

Given the vulnerability of older persons to environmental threats detailed by the consensus conference, conferees recommended that research on these topics be urgently promoted, both by researchers and by funding agencies.

PMID:
20858911
DOI:
10.1177/0898264310381278
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