Elena Portacolone, Ph.D.
Assistant Adjunct Professor, University of California San Fransisco & Visiting Scholar at Institute for the Study of Societal Issues, UC Berkeley
Topics of Expertise:
Aging / Aging (Public Policy) / Family Caregiving (for Adults, Children, and Disabilities)
Her 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.