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Phoenix homeless shelter begins screening older clients for dementia

A 57-year-old resident of Central Arizona Shelter Services (CASS) emergency shelter in downtown Phoenix completes a section of the MoCA that asks him to duplicate a drawing. (Tim Agne/KJZZ)
A 57-year-old resident of Central Arizona Shelter Services (CASS) emergency shelter in downtown Phoenix completes a section of the MoCA that asks him to duplicate a drawing. (Tim Agne/KJZZ)

Older adults are the fastest-growing segment of the homeless population in the U.S. In September a 600-bed shelter in Phoenix, Arizona, started screening clients older than 55 for cognitive impairment. The results were startling.

Kathy Ritchie of KJZZ reports.

This article was originally published on WBUR.org.

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