Closing the Gaps: Advancing Emergency Preparedness, Response and Recovery for Older Adults
National Institute on Ageing
February 17, 2021
Description / Summary
The National Institute on Ageing (NIA), Closing the Gaps: Advancing Emergency Preparedness, Response and Recovery for Older Adults, authored by Dr. Samir Sinha, Director of Health Policy Research at the NIA, showing that older Canadians consistently experience the greatest proportion of casualties during and after disasters in Canada.
The report, prepared in collaboration with the Canadian Red Cross (CRC), notes that COVID-19 is not unique in its disproportionate effect on older Canadians. In 2010, more than half of all deaths resulting from heat waves in Quebec were among persons aged 75 years or older. In 2017, wildfires in British Columbia and floods in Quebec, older adults were hit the hardest due to poorly coordinated protocols that left them vulnerable. More recently, 97% of Canada’s COVID-19 deaths have occurred in Canadians 60 years of older.