While more elderly tend to die during heat waves, the modern proximate cause is lack of air conditioning brought on by, say, making electricity too expensive.
–2012 was the hottest year on record. How will a warmer global climate affect the growing elderly population? In a session presented at the American College of Sports Medicine’s 60th Annual Meeting in Indianapolis, W. Larry Kenney, Ph.D., FACSM, of Penn State University, will discuss how climate change affects human life and death, with an emphasis on the world’s aging population.
“Global warming increases the frequency and severity of heat waves. People over age 65 die at disproportionate rates during heat waves,” said Dr. Kenney. “Surprisingly, death is typically related to cardiovascular complications rather than heat stroke.”