- 30% had difficulty performing basic activities of daily living (such as bathing, dressing, getting out of a chair)
- 57% had difficulty with instrumental activities of daily living (such as handling money, managing medicines, accessing transportation)
- 53% fell during the past year
- 28% had impaired cognitive functioning
- 40% had significant depression
- 50% had urinary incontinence
To get a sense of how bad these levels of impairment are, Brown compared the prevalence of these problems to a typical group of older persons with an average age of 78. The comparison is remarkable because it showed that older homeless have considerably greater difficulty with functional status than persons more than 20 years older.
By: Ken Covinsky