05 Jul Transitions Launches Program for Seniors
“With 44,000 Homeless adults in the U.S. over age 65 and that number expected to double over the next 40 years, we need to get ahead of the game to reduce elderly homelessness,” says CEO Craig Currey. Since 2011, Transitions has served 235 adults older than 62- including 78 last year alone. Seniors have more needs compared to the overall adult population and typically have more issues related to income. “One hundred percent of our older clients have incomes below the federal poverty line, and 50 percent are unemployed,” said programs director Lauren Wilkie. Health concerns are also higher, and 26 percent of older adults do not have health insurance when they arrive at Transitions.
After examining best practices around the country, Transitions developed the Actively Aging program, a curriculum that focuses on four topics: health, finances, housing and end-of-life planning. Clinical staff members partner with agencies and programs to ensure that older homeless residents at Transitions have easy access to resources they need.
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