Dr. Margaret Neal

Much of Dr. Neal's research has focused on managing paid work while caring informally for older adults. She and colleague Dr. Leslie Hammer recently completed a book on working, sandwiched-generation couples, that is, couples caring both for children and aging parents. Another thread of research she has conducted concerns planning for aging populations in the U.S. and in developing countries. For the past several years, Dr. Neal and adjunct professor Dr. Keren Brown Wilson have conducted a service-learning course and research in Nicaragua involving planning for the needs of older Nicaraguans, and they are leading the global focus of the Aging Matters, Locally and Globally initiative. Dr. Neal and graduate student Alan DeLaTorre conducted a study in Portland as one of 33 cities in the World Health Organization's Age-Friendly Cities project.