Climate change and health of an aging Canadian population: Adaptation frameworks and strategies for risk reduction - 20th Annual John K. Friesen Conference - Growing Old in a Changing Climate: (2011)

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British Columbia
Chronic disease
Climate change
Friesen Conference
Gerontology Research Centre
Global warming
Public health

This video clip is the second Keynote address to the 20th Annual John K. Friesen Conference, "Growing Old in a Changing Climate: Exploring the Interface Between Population Aging and Global Warming," MAY 25-26, 2011, Vancouver, BC. Climate change is expected to increase risks to the health and well-being of people living in Canada and around the world through impacts on physical, economic and social environments. Seniors can be particularly vulnerable to the impacts of climate change because of physiological sensitivities to a range of hazards, existing perceptions of health threats, and capacity challenges at the individual or community level which make adaptation difficult. Important strides have been made in efforts to prepare seniors for more frequent disasters and in efforts to make communities healthier and more resilient in the face of a changing climate. Addressing growing health risks from climate change will mean building on these initiatives through a proactive approach that includes broad collaboration among multiple partners and sectors. This session will provide information on Health Canada initiatives aimed at protecting the most vulnerable citizens from climate change impacts.


We also gratefully acknowledge a grant from the SFU Library's Scholarly Digitization Fund for videography and post-production editing.


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approx. 60 min. Video displays using QuickTime (PLEASE NOTE: There is an approx. 30 second delay for the video to begin)

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