Kaye speaks to Sun Journal about homelessness in older adults

The Sun Journal interviewed Lenard Kaye, director of the University of Maine Center on Aging, about homelessness in older adults, those aged 65 and older, which is the fastest growing age group of homelessness in the country. With 50 people retiring every day in Maine, Kaye said the aging population here is increasing rapidly. Among that older population, those on a fixed income are particularly at risk of becoming homeless. “Preventing homelessness among older adults requires increasing significantly the supply of affordable and adaptive housing environments that provide not just a place to live but are enriched by providing supportive services that meet people’s health, functional, and social support needs, and intervening with needed help prior to a crisis or emergency,” Kaye said. CentralMaine.com and Yahoo! News shared the Sun Journal report.