Earthquake preparedness in an ageing society: Learning from the experience of the Canterbury Earthquakes

The ageing of the New Zealand population means that, in future, very large numbers of very old people will be living in the community, many alone or with a spouse of similar age, many suffering from chronic illness or disability and in need of support. This scenario must be central to future planning for disaster relief and recovery.
 
The Earthquake Commission and other organisations concerned with disaster recovery need to consider age-appropriate forms to ensure social connectedness and psychological wellbeing.

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