Housing crisis is forcing more seniors into shelters, doctors say – CBC

Number of older adults who are homeless rising nationally, including in Toronto

May 29, 2024

More older adults are becoming homeless in Canada and relying on shelters, straining an already under-resourced system, a group of Toronto doctors says in a new report published by the Canadian Medical Association Journal (CMAJ).

They say greater collaboration between public health, housing and community agencies is urgently needed to help seniors who are homeless — as they have complex health needs due to aging that shelters are not equipped for.

Experts and shelter workers in Toronto say they’re witnessing the trend play out firsthand.

“It’s a very big and complex problem,” said Jillian Alston, a geriatrician at Saint Michael’s Hospital in Toronto and co-author of the CMAJ report that examined the issue nationally.

“We’re actually seeing an alarming rise in the number of older adults who are turning to emergency shelters,” she said.

Read more: https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto/toronto-seniors-homeless-shelter-1.7217059

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