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Current Projects

Forcasting Senior Populations

This project seeks to: Improve population forecasts for senior populations • Increase awareness of issues related to forecasting senior populations • Provide support to corecasters •

Two threads come together

1. PSU population Research Center (PRC) school demography contract business • Forecasts for small geographies •

Tied to housing and local planning • Can some of the methods used for school enrollment forecasting be applied to seniors?

2. Oregon land use law requires county coordinated population forecasts • Law stems from 1973 Senate Bill 100 • Broad early public support • Broad early public support • Mandates county planning and zoning •Strong state oversight • Counties now required to use PSU for coordinated forcasts •How will the burgeoning senior population be handled in forecats?

Richard Lycan, PhD Senior Research Associate, Institute On Aging

Demonstrating the Benefits of Sustainable Streets for Active Aging

This project, funded by the Environmental Protection Agency, is intended to demonstrate the benefits of "green streets" for older and younger adults, as well as the environment and economy. The research includes a survey of residents in two neighborhoods with green street features and two matched control neighborhoods and an environmental assessment of the green street treatments and an analysis of housing values. The project is guided by an advisory council composed of members of various stakeholder organizations and representing different types of expertise.

Margaret Neal, Ph.D. and Jennifer Dill, Ph.D. (Urban Studies)

Oregon Geriatric Education Center

The OGEC, funded by the Public Health Service's Health Resources and Services Administration, is a consortium of three Oregon educational institutions, OHSU, PSU, and OSU, aimed at improving health for older adults in Oregon by increasing geriatric education of health professional throughout the state.

Margaret Neal, Ph.D.

Life by Design Northwest Evaluation

PSU is one of several partner organizations in this project aimed at supporting people as they age in discovering their passion and purpose so the engage their wisdom and skill to strengthen the community and achieve personal fulfillment. Funds have been provided by Atlantic Philanthropies, Meyer Memorial Trust, and the Oregon Community Foundation. PSU's role is to evaluate the success of the project. Other partners include Portland Community College, Oregon Public Broadcasting, Multnomah County Library, Hands on Greater Portland, AARP Oregon, Express Employment Professionals, NW Natural, and Bloom Anew.

Margaret Neal, Ph.D.

Health Behavior Trajectories Following Chronic Illness in Mid- to Late-Life

Funded by the National Institute on Aging, this project investigates changes in physical activity, smoking, alcohol consumption, and diet after the diagnosis of a chronic health condition. Changes in health behaviors over a 16-year period are studies in the Health and Retirement Study and the Canadian National Population Health Survey. A principal goal of the research is to identify demographic, socioeconomic, psychology al, and health predictors of changes in health behaviors following diagnosis of the illness. Results from this project will suggest new avenues for interventions and will be instrumental in advancing public health policy regarding chronic disease management.

Jason Newsom, Ph.D.

Housing Matters in Portland, Oregon

As part of the Aging Matters, Locally and Globally Initiative, this research project seeks to identify how older persons who live in apartment buildings use informal and formal types of assistance in order to live as independently as possible. Participants include affordable housing property managers, service coordinators, and older tenants, as well as older persons who are on waiting lists for subsidized housing. Data are being collected through in-depth interviews, photo-voice, and ethnographic observation. The project is designed to inform our understanding of how an individual's social and physical environment affects their perceptions and experience of independent living.

Paula Carder, Ph.D.; Jenny Weinstein, MSW, MURP

Aging Matters: Locally and Globally Initiative

This project, funded by a private gift from Keren Brown Wilson and Michael DeShane (two PSU alumni), intends to conduct social and policy research to identify and disseminate information about innovative community-based strategies for responding to low-income older adults who have challenging housing and/or supportive service needs. Using a variety of methods, including policy analysis, demographic studies, qualitative (e.g. photo-voice and ethnography), and quantitative methods, this project seeks to make visible ‘life on the edge' for low-income adults who have chronic health conditions and unstable housing. The local component is based in Portland, OR, and the international component in Nicaragua, SA

Margaret Neal, Ph.D.; Paula Carder, Ph.D.; Andree Tremoulet, Ph.D.; Jenny Weinstein, MSW, MURP; Alan DeLaTorre, Doctoral Candidate; Melissa Cannon, Doctoral Student; Betsy Nolan