Environmental health, Community outreach and engagement, Elder environmental stewards, Advocacy
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The health impact of exposures to toxic environmental substances has been under-represented in gerontology research. Older adults in Detroit may be especially susceptible to poor health outcomes by virtue of being older, minority, and urban dwelling. The cumulative effect of a lifetime of unquantified exposures to such things as pollution and toxic chemicals from factories exacerbates health concerns and disease in late life. African American older adults have disproportionate health outcomes that may be compounded by chemical (e.g., air pollution, heavy metals) and nonchemical (e.g., psychosocial) stressors especially prevalent in the urban industrialized environments where they reside. In response to such matters, the Center for Urban Responses to Environmental Stressors (CURES), located...

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