Faculty Publications

Title

Aging, homelessness and the law.

SelectedWorks Author Profiles:

Jay Sokolovsky

Document Type

Book Chapter

Publication Date

2001

ISBN

978-94-017-0675-9

Abstract

Virtually all developed nations make provisions to provide economic support to their aging citizens. Because of this, there has been a widespread assumption that homelessness among aging individuals is rare. Indeed, aging homeless persons are invisible — rarely mentioned in academic texts or the public media except, perhaps, in occasional references to old skid row drunks or shopping bag ladies (Cohen 1999). Nevertheless, if we define “old” among homeless persons as age 50 and over — using age 50 as a cut off because homeless persons work and act like persons who are 10 to 20 years older in the general community (Cohen and Sokolovsky 1989; Gelberg, Linn, and Mayer-Oakes 1990) — it is estimated that about 20% of homeless persons in the United States are 50 and over; and studies in London estimate that about one third of homeless persons are age 50 or over (Cohen and Crane 1996). Moreover, with an anticipated doubling of this age group in the general population over the next 30 years, there will be many more older persons at-risk for homelessness.

Comments

Series: International Library of Ethics, Law, and the New Medicine, v.11

Reprinted from the International Journal of Law and Psychiatry, Vol. 24.

Citation only. Full-text article is available through licensed access provided by the publisher. Members of the USF System may access the full-text of the article through the authenticated link provided.

Publisher

Springer, Dordrecht.

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