Homeless Older Populations

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Homeless Older Populations

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A Practical Guide for the Interdisciplinary Care Team


  • Diane Chau
  • Arnold P. Gass MD, FACP

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Filled with key insights and field-tested knowledge, this is a concise, hands-on guide to how interdisciplinary team strategies can advance the care of older homeless adults. The book encompasses research evidence, education-based initiatives, and systems thinking, and describes how to implement promising health care outlooks for diverse elderly populations in a variety of localities.

Chapters address the many challenges to caring for homeless individuals by integrating a team vision for adopting transformation and geriatrics health care workforce education. The book provides an overview of population demographics and trends and discusses specific medical/psychological care challenges including the spread of infectious diseases. It covers the delivery of care to homeless patients, complex ethical and legal issues, housing, social economics, family disruption and abuse, end-of-life considerations, and political and policy challenges. With abundant case studies and discussions about successes and failures in homeless geriatric health care, the book provides a framework for the joint efforts of social worker, nurse, mental health professional, physician, and other health care professionals to provide optimal care for older homeless populations.


  • Presents the most current resources, evidence, and developments for interdisciplinary care of older homeless populations
  • Written by an interprofessional health care workforce with abundant clinical and academic experience in the field
  • Focuses on implementing, developing, and adopting health care strategies to provide for care of the frail homeless elderly
  • Includes case studies and discussions of successes and failures
  • Addresses challenges, barriers, resolutions, and opportunities for homeless geriatric care

Product Details 

  • Publication Date March 20, 2018
  • Page Count 304
  • Product Form Paperback / softback
  • ISBN 13 9780826170156

About The Author(s) 

Diane Chau, MD, is the PI of a $2.5m grant through the US Department of Health & Human Services to change clinical training environments for health care professionals from all disciplines through telehealth and technology to create a better skilled health care workforce. She is Associate Professor (past Program Director of Geriatric Medicine training program) at UC San Diego. A US News & World Report Top Physician, she completed her geriatric fellowship at UC San Diego School of Medicine in 2002 with a focus on education/curriculum design. During her career she has won over $5.5 million in peer-reviewed grant funding involving simulation training. She has been a published educator, mentor, educational program developer since 2002 with numerous historic and active grant-funding successes. She has a history of work in the area of simulation team training/telemedicine, dynamic team leadership, the successful completion of previous multimillion dollar projects related to education, and (excluding abstracts) has authored over 20 papers and book chapters in her field. She is also the Medical Director of GeriJoy, a tele-monitoring device company for seniors.

Table of Contents 




1. Definition, Background, and Case Studies of Geriatric Homelessness

Arnold P. Gass, Zack Mahan, and Marie Balfour

2. Chronic Mental Health Issues (Psychosis) in the Geriatric Homeless

Jamie Gannon and Alan Hsu

3. Neurocognitive Disorders in the Geriatric Homeless Population

Rachael Holloway and Maria Tiamson-Kassab

4. Depression and Grief in Homeless Older Adults

Jeanne Maglione, Kristoffer Kalisuch, and Alana Iglewicz

5. Ethical and Legal Issues in the Geriatric Homeless

Yash Joshi and Kristin Beizai

6. Housing and Social Issues in Homeless Care

Helena Harvie and Robert Rumore

7. Infectious Diseases in Homeless Geriatrics Population: Part I: Viral

Roxana Aminbakhsh, Roger A. Strong, Diane Chau, Ashkan Vafadaran, and Elham Faroughi

8. Infectious Diseases in Homeless Geriatrics Population: Part II: Bacterial Infections, Tuberculosis, and Arthropods Infestation

Roxana Aminbakhsh, Therese Gibson, Diane Chau, Ashlyn Melvin, Marilee Nebelsick-Tagg, Ashkan Vafadaran, and Elham Faroughi

9. Cardiovascular Disease in Homeless Older Adults

Beth Palmer, Amin Sabet, Dianne M. McGuirk, and Shannon Slama

10.Geriatric Diabetic Homeless Patients and Their Care

Stephanie Diana Garcia, Ian Curtis Neel, Veronica Gonzalez, Marlina Mansour, and Jairo Romero

11.Geriatric Nutrition and Homelessness

Victoria Clark and Elizabeth Lake

12.Barriers and Applications of Medication Therapy Management in the Homeless Population

Kevin M. Krcmarik

13.Dermatologic Conditions in the Homeless Population

Laura S. Romero, Kevin Broder, Nicola Natsis, and Richard Bodor

14.End-of-Life Considerations in Homelessness and Aging

Kelly Conright, Ruth Simonis, Muhammad Atif Waqar, and Diane Chau