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Type: Journal article
Title: Heat-health behaviours of older people in two Australian states
Author: Hansen, A.
Bi, P.
Pisaniello, D.
Nitschke, M.
Tucker, G.
Newbury, J.
Kitson, A.
Dal Grande, E.
Avery, J.
Zhang, Y.
Kelsall, L.
Citation: Australasian Journal on Ageing, 2015; 34(1):E19-E25
Publisher: Wiley
Issue Date: 2015
ISSN: 1440-6381
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Alana Hansen, Peng Bi, Dino Pisaniello, Monika Nitschke, Graeme Tucker, Jonathan Newbury, Alison Kitson, Eleonora Dal Grande, Jodie Avery, Ying Zhang, and Liza Kelsall
Abstract: AIM: A major heatwave occurred in Australia in early 2009 with considerable and varied health impacts in South Australia (SA) and Victoria. The aim of this study was to investigate the heat-adaptive behaviours of older people in these states. METHODS: A computer-assisted telephone survey of 1000 residents of SA and Victoria aged 65 years or older was conducted at the end of summer 2010-2011. RESULTS: The majority of respondents reported undertaking heat-adaptive behaviours. In SA, there was a significantly higher proportion of households with air conditioning compared to Victoria, and a higher recall of heat-health messages. In both states, self-reported morbidity during heatwaves was higher in women, persons with poorer health and those with cardiovascular conditions. CONCLUSION: An increase in global temperatures in conjunction with an ageing population is a concern for public health. Our findings suggest acclimatisation to hot weather may influence behaviours and health outcomes in older people.
Keywords: Acclimatisation; adaptive behaviour; aged; Australia; extreme heat
Rights: © 2014 ACOTA
RMID: 0030013828
DOI: 10.1111/ajag.12134
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