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Older Adults: Vulnerable During Disasters (Podcast)


Approximately 49 minutes

Course Description:

This podcast "Older Adults: Vulnerable During Disasters" features a presentation delivered by Karen Lamb, DNP, APRN, BC. Topics covered include the key concerns that may arise for older adults caught in disasters, such as sensory deprivation, the multiple loss effect, and chronic health issues, and what can be done to make older adults less vulnerable.

This presentation was recorded at Pacific EMPRINTS’ 2008 Pacific Preparedness Conference: Capacity Building to Address Vulnerable Populations, on January 16, 2008. This Conference was funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response Grant No. T01HP6427-0100.


This podcast fulfills, in part, the following Core Competencies for Teaching Emergency Preparedness to Health Professions Students and Clinical Personnel:
  1. Describe functional response roles for one’s profession, health agencies, and community members.
  2. List and describe the public health interventions that are part of a response to surveillance signals.

Learning Objectives:

By the end of this podcast, participants will be able to:
  1. Describe 12 key characteristics impacting the older adult’s response to disaster/emergency situations.
  2. Identify strategies for addressing special considerations for the older adult’s response to disaster/emergency situations.

Target Audiences:

Public Health personnel, Physicians, Nurses, Pharmacists, Dentists, Veterinarians, Other Emergency Medical Services personnel


Karen Lamb, DNP, APRN, BC
Ms. Lamb is a Project Faculty for the PREPARE Disaster Training Program at Mather LifeWays in Evanston, Illinois. She is also an Associate Professor of Adult Health Nursing in the College of Nursing at Rush University in Chicago, Illinois. Prior to her current position, Ms. Lamb was previously a Project Faculty for Mather LifeWays’ Faculty Development Program in Geriatric Nursing. With over 20 years of experience in the field of gerontological nursing, Ms. Lamb is also the author of numerous publications, including articles which have appeared in journals such as the Journal of Gerontologic Nursing and Medical-Surgical Nursing.

Certificate of Completion:

A Certificate of Completion is available to be printed for this course upon completion of the post-test with a score of 80% or higher.

Cost: FREE*

*subject to change without notice.