Nohad A. Toulan School of Urban Studies and Planning
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Date of Publication
Master of Urban Studies (M.U.S.) in Urban Studies
Urban Studies and Planning
Older homeless persons -- Health and hygiene -- Oregon -- Portland, Older homeless persons -- Services for -- Oregon -- Portland, Quality of life, Homeless persons -- Psychology
1 online resource (v, 60 pages)
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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Hews, Ellis Jourdan, "'There are No Bathrooms Available!': How Older Adults Experiencing Houselessness Manage their Daily Activities" (2021). Dissertations and Theses. Paper 5742.