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“The ideal supplement for your introductory aging or social gerontology courses, Worlds of Difference, Third Edition, is the only book for undergraduates that addresses the diversity of aging experiences in society by race, gender and social class. “The virtue of this book is that it makes a multicultural, systems of inequality approach to the study of aging accessible to students and it does so by letting people from privileged as well as disadvantaged perspectives speak for themselves”…. Robin Moremen, Northern Illinois University.”

When a House is Not a Home: Exploring the Meaning of Shelter among Chronically Homeless Older Men
When a house is not a home: Exploring the meaning of shelter among chronically homeless older men
Christopher J.Elias
Thomas S.Inui

This study explored the world of 35 chronically homeless older men in downtown Seattle, with special attention to their experience of shelter and its effect on health-seeking behavior. We found that their experience of shelter is intertwined with their perceptions of self and use of alcohol. For many, the public shelter provides safety, support, community, and an opportunity to regain sobriety—attributes of shelter often unattainable in single-room occupancy hotels—but only temporarily.

Recently there has been growing concern about the problem of homelessness in America. The resurgence of this highly visible form ...

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