First Advisor

Raina Croff

Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Psychology and University Honors




Older African Americans -- Health and hygiene, African American neighborhoods -- Oregon -- Portland, Gentrification, Dementia -- Prevention, Alzheimer's disease -- Prevention




Older African Americans and Black adults are nearly twice as likely to develop Alzheimer's disease and related dementias compared to their non-Hispanic White counterparts. The SHARP Program (Sharing Histories through Active Reminiscence and Photo-Imagery) aims at addressing this growing health disparity that exists between Black and White populations. The study's goal is to increase the physical and social activity of our participants in order to maintain and improve cognitive health through cultural relevancy. However, the current and on-going neighborhood change that occurs in the research area of interest presents complications to this group. This study worked to conceptualize the ways in which gentrification was noted and its effects on the older Black population in the North and Northeast neighborhoods of Portland, Oregon.


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