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EPA Aging Initiative, U.S. COPD Coalition Partner to Protect Older Americans

Release Date: 07/21/2004
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Enesta Jones, 202-564-7873 /

(07/21/04) EPA’s Aging Initiative has joined with the U.S. Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) Coalition to protect the health of older adults. COPD is the fourth leading cause of death in the United States, claiming approximately 119,000 lives each year. Studies show that the disease is exacerbated by environmental hazards such as air pollution. COPD is particularly common among older adults, and as baby boomers age, the number of older adults affected by COPD is expected to grow significantly. In this partnership, the Aging Initiative will ensure that issues related to the environment and COPD are considered in program development and activities; and provide input and direction, along with other Liaison Partners, in the Coalition’s mission and objectives. Launched in 2002, EPA’s Aging Initiative aims to prioritize and study environmental health threats to older persons; examine the effect that a rapidly growing aging population might have on our environment; and encourage older persons to become involved in their own communities through civic engagement. The U.S. COPD Coalition is a non-profit organization which works to raise awareness about COPD, which includes emphysema and chronic bronchitis. For more information about EPA’s Aging Initiative and efforts to raise awareness about the links between environmental hazards and COPD, visit: