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Making Portland Age Friendly - Involves Institute on Aging!


Oregon Community Based Care Study

The Oregon Community Based Care Study is a two-year longitudinal research project designed to gather aggregate information on all community-based long-term care communities throughout the state of Oregon to the state legislature. This includes: Assisted Living, Memory Care, Residential Care, and Adult Foster Care. 
We are reaching out to community-based care providers in Oregon and compiling data in order to inform state policy and funding priorities to support the important work they do in caring for older adults in our state. 

We have developed this survey in collaboration with representatives from:

  • Oregon Health Care Association (OHCA)
  • Oregon DHS, Division of Seniors and People with Disabilities
  • Oregon assisted living and residential care facilities
  • Governor’s Commission on Senior Services
  • SEIU Local 503
  • Leading Age Oregon 

A summary report of the survey of assisted living, residential care, and memory care facilities is now available to policy-makers, professionals, and the general public here!

Paula Carder, Ph.D., Sheryl Elliott, MUS., Project Mgr. 2016 and Jacklyn Kohon, Ph.D. Project Mgr. 2015

Brief summary reports from 2015 are available using the following links.

Adult Foster Homes In Oregon  -  Assisted Living Facilities in Oregon - Memory Care Communities in Oregon -

Residential Care Facilities in Oregon Flyer - Medicaid Beneficiaries Flyer

For complete reports from 2015-2016 click here


Sustainability Models for Engaging Older Adult Volunteers in Early Childhood Education Programs

The Graduate School of Education at PSU, in collaboration with PSU's Institute on Aging, will examine the Oregon Community Foundation's Boomers and Babies Program and other similar efforts to develop models of financial sustainability for early childhood education organizations to engage older adults in volunteerism.  The goal is to increase the capacity of the early childhood education field through increased use of older adults as volunteers -

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 • 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 forecasts?

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