First Advisor

Paula Carder

Term of Graduation

Spring 2021

Date of Publication

7-22-2021

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Urban Studies (M.U.S.) in Urban Studies

Department

Urban Studies and Planning

Language

English

DOI

10.15760/etd.7613

Physical Description

1 online resource (v, 60 pages)

Abstract

Older adults living unhoused encounter limitations and challenges that drastically decrease their wellbeing and quality of life. The purpose of my study was to understand how experiencing houselessness impacted older adults' ability to conduct their activities of daily living (ADLs) and instrumental activities of daily living (IADLs) within their communities. I conducted phone interviews with older adults aged 50 and older who experienced houselessness in the Portland metro area. The participants described the persons and places that shaped their community life when they were living unhoused, and they described how those entities intervened to alleviate barriers to daily activities. The data indicated that the community-level interventions notably improved older adults' ability to conduct their daily activities.

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Persistent Identifier

https://archives.pdx.edu/ds/psu/36129

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