Other Topics - Emergencies and Disaster Response

Posted: December 11, 2011

Resources from the Adminstration on Aging (AOA)

The AoA website posts information on various resources and website links to help individuals, families, caregivers, and aging services professionals prepare for emergencies or disasters. This information is intended to provide tools and resources that will assist in developing personal and organizational preparedness and response plans. One resource, the Just in Case: Emergency Readiness for Older Adults and Caregivers fact sheet, provides step-by-step information on how older adults should prepare for a disaster/emergency. It includes helpful checklists, contact lists, and a medication list that can be filled in. Also available in Spanish.

Selfless Giving in Japan: Elders Risk Their Lives for the Young

Sometimes it is said that older people are selfishly concerned with their own wellbeing; the generations to come can take care of themselves. Gerontologists generally reject this view. On the side of the gerontologists comes a dramatic piece of news from Japan. A group of 200 Japanese pensioners, trained as engineers and other related professions, have formed a group called the Skilled Veterans Corps. Their mission is to tackle the nuclear crisis at the Fukushima power station caused by the devastating tsunami of March, 2011. Three of the reactors suffered meltdowns, and the plan was to bring the plant to a cold shutdown by January 2012. Japanese authorities announced that the radiation level at the plant was double the acceptable level for human beings. Yet, the volunteers wanted to take on the job. They believed that because they do not have so long to live anyway, they should accept the dangers of the radiation instead of people from younger generations. We stand in great respect of their bravery and generosity of spirit.
From: Japanese Elders Vow to Brave Nuclear Danger. Gerontological News, July 2011, pg. 11. Article review published in the Positive Aging Newsletter. Edited by Kenneth and Mary Gergen, July/August, 2011, Issue #69.