This Year’s Older Americans Month Focuses on Connection

May is Older Americans Month, a time to recognize older Americans’ contributions and reaffirm commitments to serving the older adults in our communities. This year’s theme is “Powered by Connection,” meant to recognize the massive impact meaningful relationships and social connections have on our health and well-being.

Did you know nearly one quarter of people experiencing homelessness in 2023 in the U.S. were 55 or older? That number is expected to grow exponentially by 2030, with many of these people experiencing homelessness for the first time.

Homeless services recognize the healing power of social connections. What organizations support older Americans experiencing homelessness through fostering social connection and enrichment? 👇 Let us know in the comments below!

Read on for some details on the current state of elder homelessness, as well as promising interventions, and a link to Council resources.

Older American Homelessness at a Glance

  • The number of older adults experiencing homelessness in the U.S. is expected to triple by 2030, with many of these people experiencing homelessness for the first time.
  • Older adults experiencing homelessness show symptoms of accelerated aging and chronic health conditions.
  • Traditional shelters often do not have the resources or ability to support the specific needs of older adults.

Promising Interventions

  • Permanent Supportive Housing and shelters designed specifically for older adults show high success rates.
  • Training staff at senior centers to identify people at risk of losing housing and supporting older adults experiencing homelessness.
  • Promoting social inclusion and needs for older adults in PSH or other programs, with enrichment activities.
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