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Due to the normal aging process, even older persons in good health may experience increased health risks from exposures to environmental pollutants. As we age, our bodies are more susceptible to hazards from the environment which may worsen chronic or life threatening conditions. Older persons also have accumulated a lifetime of environmental and occupational contaminants which are capable of remaining in their bodies.
U.S. EPA has developed an Aging Initiative with a National Agenda to prioritize environmental health hazards that affect older persons, examine the environmental impact of an aging population in a smart growth context, and encourage civic involvement among older persons in their communities to reduce hazards.