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Aging Initiative
Help Us to Shape the Future:
A National Agenda for the Environment and the Aging

Welcome to EPA’s Aging Initiative Website. The website provides a wealth of information about the Agency’s efforts to protect the environmental health of older persons.

The United States is a rapidly aging nation. In 2006 the first of the country’s 76 million baby boomers will begin to turn 60, and by 2030, the number of older persons is expected to double to more than 70 million. Click here to ready more.

Recent Additions

News Item added - 10/20/2004 Grants: Pesticide Misuse Initiative Program Request For Proposals (RFP), Grants Awarded to Develop Pesticide Risk Reduction Programs

News Item added - 11/15/2004 News: Environmental Cardiology: Getting to the Heart of the Matter, $4 Million in Grants to Research Environmental Impact of Nanotechnology, EPA Releases Final Science Review Document of Clean Air Standards for Particulate Matter, ENERGY STAR Helps Heat Homes More Efficiently, $660,000 to Research Grants Announced for Sustainable Development
Information Resources Item added - 11/15/2004 Information Resources: The Hidden Hazards of Backyard Burning, The Power of Change Material
Protecting the Health of Older Americans
Picture of older woman. Picture of older man. Picture of older woman. Picture of older woman. Courtesy of U.S. Administration on Aging.
Picture of older couple (courtesy of NSCERC) Picture of an older man and child Picture of older men on mountain (courtesy of EASI).


Due to the normal aging process, even older persons in good health may experience increased health risks from exposures to environmental pollutants. As we age, our bodies are more susceptible to hazards from the environment which may worsen chronic or life threatening conditions. Older persons also have accumulated a lifetime of environmental and occupational contaminants which are capable of remaining in their bodies.

A major goal of the Aging Initiative is the development of a National Agenda for the Environment and the Aging. The National Agenda will prioritize environmental health hazards that affect older persons, examine the environmental impact of an aging population in a smart growth context, and encourage civic involvement among older persons in their communities to reduce hazards. The National Agenda for the Environment and the Aging, being developed through a public participatory process, will help guide the Agency’s work to protect the health of older persons now and in the future.

Information on this website can help you learn more about our ongoing work and how you can contribute to – and benefit from – the National Agenda for the Environment and the Aging. We encourage you to join our efforts to shape an environmentally healthy future for our aging population.


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