Journal of General Internal Medicine

, Volume 34, Issue 6, pp 802–803 | Cite as

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

  • Benjamin F. HenwoodEmail author
  • John Lahey
  • Harmony Rhoades
  • Deborah B. Pitts
  • Jon Pynoos
  • Rebecca T. Brown
Concise Research Reports


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.1 The chronically homeless population in the USA has an average age over 50 years old2 and experiences accelerated aging,3 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.4 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.


Two hundred and thirty-seven adults aged 45 and older were recruited from two PSH agencies located in Los Angeles, California. Residents completed in-person interviews on demographics, housing and homelessness history, and overall...



We thank our interviewer team (Laura Ruzzano, Nora Hedgecock, Manuel Chavez, Carson Klasner, Christine Rodriguez); the staff at participating PSH agencies; and the subjects who generously gave their time to this study. This work was presented at the 22nd Annual Conference of the Society for Social Work and Research on January 14, 2018.

Funding Information

This work was supported by the National Institutes of Health (1R21AG050009).

Compliance with Ethical Standards

Conflict of Interest

The authors declare no conflicts of interest.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Benjamin F. Henwood
    • 1
    Email author
  • John Lahey
    • 1
  • Harmony Rhoades
    • 1
  • Deborah B. Pitts
    • 2
  • Jon Pynoos
    • 3
  • Rebecca T. Brown
    • 4
  1. 1.Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work University of Southern CaliforniaLos AngelesUSA
  2. 2.Chan Division of Occupational Science and Occupational TherapyUniversity of Southern CaliforniaLos AngelesUSA
  3. 3.Leonard Davis School of GerontologyUniversity of Southern CaliforniaLos AngelesUSA
  4. 4.Division of Geriatric MedicinePerelman School of Medicine of the University of PennsylvaniaPhiladelphiaUSA

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