The number of elderly homeless people expected to grow

Elder Affairs Secretary says elderly homeless population might double over the next ten years

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Within ten years, Massachusetts’ elderly population is expected to be double what it is now. The state’s Elder Affairs Secretary Alice Bonner made that prediction during her recent visit to a senior citizen center in Springfield on Thursday.

A report in the Columbus Dispatch claims “elderly homelessness” will grow by 33 percent in the next decade. Becoming homeless is a matter of concern among senior citizens in western Massachusetts. 78-year-old Jean Wendel is a Holyoke Senior Center member and worries about becoming seriously ill. “If you really get sick you get into assisted living,” she said. “Now that’s expensive.”

Jean Wendel and her senior center companions urge the federal government to protect a senior’s savings in the event of serious illness.