Elder Homelessness: Part IIInterdisciplinary Perspectives, Service Learning, and Advocacy: A Nontraditional Approach to Geriatric RehabilitationHamel, Pauline C. MEd, PT, GCSAuthor Information Clinical Associate Professor; Geriatric Clinical Specialist; Boston University Sargent College of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences; Boston, Massachusetts I acknowledge and sincerely thank the Committee To End Elder Homelessness; Jennifer M. Bottomley, PhD, MS, PT; the older adults and community agencies who so graciously have participated in our health promotion programming; and a special thanks to all my past and present students who have opened their hearts and minds to "learn by doing" with the real teachers, our treasured elders. Topics in Geriatric Rehabilitation: September 2001 - Volume 17 - Issue 1 - p 53-70 Buy Abstract In a unique service learning model and collaborative partnership between academia and the community, graduate rehabilitation students were introduced to formerly homeless older adults and other underserved urban populations to teach the students about interdisciplinary collaboration, service, and advocacy issues and social responsibility. Students received practical experience in health promotion, senior fitness, and primary prevention education for older adults while providing pro bono services to inner-city community dwellers, their caregivers, and supporting agencies. Interdisciplinary perspectives among health care providers, a model of service learning in a rehabilitation curriculum, and awareness of social and political issues such as the lack of affordable housing with resultant growth in elder homelessness are presented. The need for social reform through grassroots and pro bono efforts by professionals of all disciplines is emphasized. In addition, demographics of elder homelessness, relevant social programs, current research, as well as the nontraditional roles of rehabilitation specialists and the challenges encountered in both academic and community sectors are explored. Copyright © 2001 by Aspen Publishers, Inc.