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New report discusses available data sources on environmental exposure in older adults

One of the most quickly growing groups in America is retirement-age adults — people over the age of 60. As seniors represent an increasing percentage of the population, the exposure factors unique to them become more important for studies and research aimed at protecting human health.

A new EPA report, "Data Sources Available for Modeling Environmental Exposures in Older Adults," discusses the information currently available for studying and modeling the unique factors that shape seniors’ exposure, including their day-to-day habits, activity levels, and the environments older adults typically live and work in.

The data sources identified in the report can provide inputs for EPA exposure models; specifically the Air Pollution Exposure Model (APEX) and the Stochastic Human Exposure and Dose Simulator (SHEDS).

The report also includes a review that reflects the state of the science of exposure modeling for independently-living seniors as of the end of 2009.

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