Disasters like Ian pose extra risk for fragile older people

FILE - Volunteer rescue workers search for human remains in the rubble of homes burned in the Camp Fire in Paradise, Calif., on Nov. 15, 2018. Climate change makes hurricanes wetter and more powerful, but it also increases the frequency of heat waves like ones that scorched the Pacific Northwest the last two summers, killing scores of mostly aged people. (AP Photo/Terry Chea, File)

Merrill Bauchert, 60, puts on a shirt outside a shelter for people with special needs who were affected by Hurricane Ian in Fort Myers, Fla., on Thursday. Older people were especially vulnerable when the storm struck Florida’s southwest coast last month. Bauchert stayed at the shelter because his home is uninhabitable and he requires electricity for a sleep apnea machine. (AP Photo/Jay Reeves)

FORT MYERS, Fla. — Older people with limited mobility and those with chronic health conditions requiring the use of electrically powered medical devices were especially vulnerable when Hurricane Ian slammed into Southwest Florida, and experts warn such risks to society’s oldest are growing as disasters increase with the impact of climate change.