On the association of ambient temperature and elderly mortality in a Mediterranean island - Crete

Sci Total Environ. 2020 Oct 10;738:139843. doi: 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2020.139843. Epub 2020 Jun 1.


Extreme weather conditions affect human health. This study analyses the association of high and low temperature with cardiovascular and respiratory diseases on people over 65 years old for the years 2007 to 2015, in the region of Chania, Greece. The mortality is examined by time series analysis and further investigated by Poisson, and Negative Binomial regression, showing that one-lag in maximum temperature strongly affects the health of the elderly. Finally, cluster analysis is used from May to October, which is confirmed by discriminant analysis.

Keywords: Elderly people; Mortality; Outdoor conditions.

MeSH terms

  • Aged
  • Cardiovascular Diseases*
  • Cold Temperature*
  • Greece
  • Hot Temperature
  • Humans
  • Mediterranean Islands
  • Mortality
  • Temperature