2012 was the hottest year on record. How will a warmer global climate affect the growing elderly population? In a session presented at the American College of Sports Medicine’s 60th Annual Meeting in Indianapolis, W. Larry Kenney, Ph.D., FACSM, of Penn State University, will discuss how climate change affects human life and death, with an emphasis on the world’s aging population.
“Global warming increases the frequency and severity of heat waves. People over age 65 die at disproportionate rates during heat waves,” said Dr. Kenney. “Surprisingly, death is typically related to cardiovascular complications rather than heat stroke.”
Kenney, an environmental physiologist and past president of ACSM, has done extensive research in the area of aging and human temperature regulation, including responses of older men and women to heat and cold stress and dehydration. He has published well over 200 scientific articles and book chapters and has lectured around the world on these topics. His talk today will specifically cover the relationship between weather and health, the epidemiology of heat waves, heat stress and cardiovascular strain in the elderly, and general thoughts about aging in a hotter world.
“As the Boomers hit their 60s, aging and health issues are at the forefront,” he said, “climate change is not usually at the top of the list when thinking about health issues of aging, but it can have a huge effect on health and quality of life.”
- Courtesy of ACSM