A recent study published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society has revealed a concerning link between housing instability and the risk of Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias (ADRD) among Veterans.
The research showed that Veterans experiencing housing instability were 53% more likely to receive a diagnosis of ADRD compared to those with stable housing.
The study encompassed a cohort of 44,194 Veterans who were either homeless or facing housing instability, alongside 44,194 Veterans with secure housing.
These individuals were tracked from 2011 to 2019, with none of them having a prior ADRD diagnosis before 2011.
By the midpoint of the study in 2015, 7.23% of those experiencing housing insecurity had received a diagnosis of ADRD, while the percentage for those with stable housing was notably lower at 3.66%.
This research aligns with previous studies that have demonstrated a connection between ADRD in Veterans and an increased likelihood of experiencing homelessness in the future.
Jill Roncarati, ScD, MPH, PA-C, the corresponding author of the study from the VA Bedford Healthcare System, emphasized the importance of providing additional support for independent living for Veterans facing housing instability and ADRD.
She suggested using federally funded housing vouchers for alternative options such as assisted living facilities.
These findings underscore the urgent need for enhanced strategies to support Veterans at risk of housing instability and ADRD, highlighting the potential benefits of early interventions and tailored housing solutions to improve their overall well-being and quality of life.
The research findings can be found in Journal of the American Geriatrics Society.
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