Online training: Addressing the Needs of Older Adults in Disasters

The Administration for Strategic Preparedness and Response (ASPR) is currently featuring a free online course supporting its At-Risk Individuals program: HHS/ASPR Addressing the Needs of Older Adults in Disasters.

The older adult population is growing. The U.S. Census Bureau projects that by the year 2035, there will be more Americans who are 65 and older than there will be children under the age of 18.

Older adults are a very diverse group, with varying life experiences and capabilities. In many cases, older adults demonstrate greater resilience in the face of disasters than younger populations. However, many disasters and emergencies disproportionately impact the older adult population, especially older adults ages 85 and older. It is important to understand how to identify and address the specific needs of older adults during a disaster or emergency.

This course is targeted to public health and medical responders and is designed to improve their capabilities to address the access and functional needs of community-dwelling older adults in disasters. The course provides information, resources, tools, and strategies to help responders address the needs of older adults during natural disasters, infectious disease outbreaks, and other common disaster situations.

The course is estimated to take about 1 hour to complete. It is self-paced and can be paused and resumed at any time.

The course is hosted on the TRAIN Learning Network, a national learning network powered by the Public Health Foundation (PHF), a non-profit dedicated to improving public health and population health practice to support healthier communities.

ASPR leads the nation’s medical and public health preparedness for, response to, and recovery from disasters and public health emergencies. ASPR collaborates with hospitals, healthcare coalitions, biotech firms, community members, state, local, tribal, and territorial governments, and other partners across the country to improve readiness and response capabilities.

To take this course, first create a free account with the TRAIN Learning Network. Then, see the course page for instructions on how to launch the course. You can also share this learning opportunity using the downloadable course flyer.

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