The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic has caused many organizations to review how they can support older adults and their caregivers during emergencies. The unique needs of older adults during emergencies can be planned for through careful collaboration between public health and the aging services network.
The August TFAH’s Age-Friendly Public Health Training focused on emergency preparedness. Presenters discussed how emergency medical services (EMS) can serve as a force multiplier for public health. Collaborating with EMS as a trusted community partner can provide access to services and surveillance that support health departments missions.