The homeless crisis in the making hits home for grandma and grandpa

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The United States is getting older. Much older. 

As the Institute of Family Studies recently noted, the proportion of individuals aged 65 and above in the United States is expected to increase in the coming years, surpassing the overall population growth by nearly 20 percentage points by 2030. There are legitimate concerns that a crisis in senior homelessness is on the horizon. 

Historically, senior homelessness has not been a major concern for the government due to the relatively shorter lifespan of homeless individuals. The average life expectancy in the United States is 76.4 years. Studies on homeless mortality often reveal an average age in the early 50s. 

Consequently, as the report notes, many unsheltered homeless individuals in their forties can be considered as functionally “seniors.” Nevertheless, if the number of seniors increases, particularly those with characteristics that make them more susceptible to homelessness, the government may face a larger population of homeless senior citizens. Several “risk factors” contribute to homelessness, one of which is social isolation, a troubling phenomenon that is spreading like wildfire. 

One of the problems for seniors is social isolation which is on the increase. (iStock)

Contrary to popular opinion, many individuals

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