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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.
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.