Elena Portacolone, PhD, MBA, MPH
My research focuses on the role of social policies in the wellbeing of older adults. My investigations have expanded the body of knowledge on the experience of living alone in older age in the United States. In my four publications based on my ethnographic investigation of 47 older Americans living alone, I examined the likely “precariousness” of living alone in advanced age in the U.S., as well as the trend towards the spatial age segregation of older solo dwellers. My current research activities include an investigation of older adults living alone with cognitive impairment; an investigation of the unmet needs of older adults living in areas with high crime in the Bay Area of San Francisco; and the emergency preparedness of older adults requiring a home care aide to live at home. My ultimate goal is to establish an interdisciplinary research program centered on the health, wellbeing, and especially the social integration of older adults living alone, with an emphasis on ethnic/racial and sexual orientation minorities.
- Portacolone E., Halpern J. “Move or Suffer”: Is Age-Segregation the New Norm for Older Americans Living Alone? Journal of Applied Gerontology In Press.
- Portacolone E., Berridge, C., Johnson, J.K, Shicktanz, S. Time to reinvent the science of dementia: The need for care and prevention. Aging and Mental Health 2013:1-7.
- 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.