Webinar: Aging in Place: Improving Mobility for Older Adults

Portland State University, Transportation Research and Education Center


Wednesday, July 24, 2019
midnight - midnight CDT

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Aging in place can simply be defined as staying in your home as you age; aging in place concerns include mobility, social activities, safety, accessibility, and long term supports and services in one’s neighborhood and society. In order to facilitate aging in place, organizations in Salt Lake County, Utah and the City of Portland, Oregon, provided home modifications to income-qualified older adults that intended to enable aging in place. Such modifications alter individuals’ life-space mobility – a concept recently used by gerontologists and that we introduced to planners – from within one’s home to the broader community. A unique methodological approach taken by researchers merged several existing data collection instruments with additional interview questions of residents who recently received home modifications.


  • Attendees will better understand the concepts of life space mobility and aging in place as it pertains to home modifications. 
  • Attendees will learn about a unique methodological approach that combined existing instruments with additional interview questions. 
  • Attendees will hear recommendations for researchers, planners, and policymakers that seek to enhance life space mobility and aging in place.


This webinar is based on a study funded by the National Institute for Transportation and Communities (NITC) and conducted at the University of Utah and Portland State University. Read more about the NITC research: Life-Space Mobility and Aging in Place.

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Alan DeLaTorre

Confirmed Speaker

As faculty at Portland State University’s Institute on Aging I co-coordinate the Age-Friendly Portland & Multnomah County initiative and coordinate the Senior Adult Learning Center. Recent research projects include preliminary analysis of the costs of visitability in Portland, age-friendly housing policies in Portland and King County, WA, collaborative projects that sought to identify the value proposition for age-friendly communities and evaluating the intergenerational community, Bridge Meadows, as well as a recent study in partnership with the University of Utah focused on understanding how home modifications impact life-space mobility for older adults. I have taught several courses as part of Portland State University’s Graduate Certificate in Gerontology (College of Urban and Public Affairs), including: Perspectives on Aging, Housing and Environments for the Elderly, Global Aging, and Creating Age-friendly Communities. At Portland State I also hold an affiliate faculty position in the Toulan School of Urban Studies and Planning and an adjunct position in University Studies, where I have taught service-learning Capstone courses including Global Health and Aging: Enhancing Communities in Nicaragua (2010-2017) and Creating Age-Friendly Communities (2009; 2016-18). In addition to scholarship and teaching, I value service to the community and serve as a board member of the Oregon Gerontological Association, a member of the Age-Friendly Portland & Multnomah County Advisory Council, an adviser to Villages NW, and as an appointed volunteer for AARP Oregon; additionally, I have served on several citywide advisory groups and committees including the City of Portland's Residential Infill Project and Office of Civic and Community Life's Code Change Committee.

Ivis Garcia Zambrana

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Ja Young Kim

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