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San Francisco's homeless population is getting older

"We have been doing the sampling the same way since 1990, and we are seeing a cohort that has been older every time we have looked and that does not seem to be regenerating itself," said Judith A. Hahn, PhD, MA, assistant professor of medicine at the UCSF Epidemiology and Prevention Interventions Center at San Francisco General Hospital Medical Center.

Published in the July 2006 issue of the Journal of General Internal Medicine, the study looked at 3,534 homeless adults recruited at social service locations in four waves over 14 years: 1990-94, 1996-98, 1999-2000, and 2003.

"In addition, we have seen a worsening of health status over this time period. This is in part due to chronic diseases related to homelessness, such as alcohol and substance abuse related problems, and those seen more often in aging populations, such as hypertension and diabetes. Controlling these and other conditions in a cohort of aging homeless will be very challenging if they are still out on the streets," said Hahn.


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Contact: Jeff Sheehy
jsheehy@ari.ucsf.edu
415-597-8165
University of California - San Francisco
4-Aug-2006


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