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Geriatric Conditions Among Formerly Homeless Older Adults Living in Permanent Supportive Housing

Journal of General Internal Medicine

Year: 2019

Permanent supportive housing (PSH) using a housing first approach is an evidence-based intervention to end chronic homelessness by providing low-barrier affordable housing paired with flexible health and social services. The chronically homeless population in the USA has an average age over 50 years old and experiences accelerated aging, including an elevated prevalence of geriatric syndromes such as cognitive impairment, falls, and urinary incontinence that can jeopardize PSH tenants’ ability to live independently and age in place. The objective of this study is to determine the prevalence of common geriatric conditions in PSH tenants. We also assess whether housing tenure is associated with less impairment in daily functioning.

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