Institute faculty, staff, and students are dedicated to enhancing understanding of aging and facilitating opportunities for elders, families, and communities to thrive.
Read a note from our director, Dr. Margaret B. Neal.
The Institute on Aging specializes in research on a variety of topics, including:
Best practices in housing and long-term care
Planning for age-friendly communities
Aging services organizational decision making
Work-life issues and family caregiving
Social relationships in late life
Our work has been funded by a variety of local, state, and national public agencies and private foundations, such as the National Institutes of Health, Grantmakers in Aging, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the Environmental Protection Agency, the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, the National Science Foundation, Oregon Health & Science University, the Social Security Administration, the Oregon Department of Transportation, the Northwest Health Foundation, the Oregon Community Foundation, Multnomah County Aging and Disability Services, and Metro (the elected regional government for the Portland metropolitan area).
Degree and Training Programs
Graduate Certificate in Gerontology
As part of the Graduate Certificate in Gerontology program, students will learn about how we age and why, ways to optimize the aging process for the benefit of the individual and the community alike, public and private benefits, and programs and services aimed at improving the quality of life for people of all ages and abilities. The Graduate Certificate in Gerontology is a post baccalaureate program for those seeking additional education in aging studies. It is offered as a stand-alone program or as an area of emphasis in conjunction with other graducate degrees.
Doctorate in Urban Studies with a concentration in gerontology
Doctorate in Public Administration with a concentration in gerontology
Concentration in Aging Services within the Health Studies major
Minor in Aging Services (pending)
Training for Professionals
The Institute on Aging is a partner in the Oregon Geriatric Education Consortium (OGEC), a collaboration among the Oregon Health & Science University, Portland State University, and Oregon State University dedicated to providing training in gerontology and geriatrics to health professionals.
The OGEC Resource Center provides reference and training materials for geriatric health care, long-term care, and higher education professionals in gerontology and geriatrics across Oregon.
The Senior Adult Learning Center (SALC) provides opportunities for continuous intellectual enrichment and personal growth of older adults. Oregon residents ages 65 and older can register through the SALC to audit Portland State University courses on most topics with no tuition costs on a space-available basis.
The Retired Associates of Portland State University is an affiliated membership organization open to anyone aged 50 and older and sponsored by the Institute on Aging. It provides fellowship for those interested in lifelong learning and leadership opportunities.