Homelessness pp 221-226 | Cite as

The Elderly Homeless

  • Susan Ladner
Part of the Topics in Social Psychiatry book series (TSPS)

Abstract

Popular views of the homeless used to conjure up images of aging alcoholic men, estranged from family and friends, who lived lonely and unstable lives in poor downtown areas.1 Most studies of the homeless in the 1960s and 1970s were conducted in skid row areas; they reported that many more of the men studied were over age 65 than under age 30.2 Today, older white male alcoholics no longer form the predominant group among the homeless. They have been displaced as the majority by large groups of unemployed adults, families, poorly educated youths,3 the deinstitutionalized mentally ill, and poor elderly adults who are unable to find permanent, low-rent housing.

Keywords

Senior Center Subsidized Housing Elderly Client Unemployed Adult Work Experience Program 
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© Springer Science+Business Media New York 1992

Authors and Affiliations

  • Susan Ladner
    • 1
  1. 1.National Academy FoundationNew YorkUSA

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