Creating Age-friendly Communities

Instructor Name: 
Alan DeLaTorre
Course Description: 

Our region, as well as world, is witnessing a rapid and unprecedented growth in the proportion and number of older adults. The window of opportunity for preparing communities is shrinking rapidly. This researched-based course seeks to improve understanding of physical, social, and service environments and it aims to share research findings with local partners in an effort to make the Portland region a better place for those of all ages and abilities. Students will receive research training and will cover topics related to public health, urban planning, community development, and policy.   


Students will engage in community-based participatory research that has been cultivated through a partnership with the Age-friendly Portland and Multnomah County Advisory Council. The projects for this particular course will align with the Action Plan for an Age-friendly Portland ( and will be determined in winter, 2018, in collaboration with partners from PSU’s Institute on Aging, the Age-friendly  Advisory Council, and partners in the City of Portland (e.g., offices of Mayor Wheeler and Commissioner Fish).