Elena Portacolone, PhD, MBA, MPH
Assistant Adjunct Professor
Visiting Scholar at Institute for the Study of Societal Issues at UC Berkeley
My area of interest is in community-dwelling older adults from different ethno-racial backgrounds, sexual orientations, and countries. In particular, I'm interested in social policies that allow individuals to remain in their community as they age. For my dissertation entitled "Precariousness among older adults living alone in San Francisco: An ethnography," I studied 47 San Franciscans living alone. In this work, I argued that social policies and programs are not accommodating the needs of a growing number of older solo dwellers in the United States. At the moment, I'm writing articles out of my ethnography and started assessing the needs of older adults living alone with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias in collaboration with the UCSF Memory and Aging Center.
- Portacolone E. (2013). The notion of precariousness among older adults living alone in the U.S. Journal of Aging Studies, 27(2), 166-174. PMID: 23561282
- Klinenberg E, Torres S, Portacolone E. (2012). Aging alone in America. New York: Council on Contemporary Families.
- Portacolone E. (2011). The myth of independence for older Americans living alone in the Bay Area of San Francisco: A critical reflection. Ageing and Society, 31, 803-828.
- Portacolone E. (2011). Precariousness among older adults living alone in San Francisco: An ethnography. PhD Dissertation, University of California in San Francisco.
- Phillipson C, Estes C, Portacolone E. (2009). Health and development: The role of international organizations in population ageing. In A Gatti & D Yack (Eds.), Health and development: The role of international organizations. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.