Date of Award
Undergraduate Honors Thesis/Project
Dr. Margaret Manoogian
Honors Program Director
Dr. Gavin Keulks
Older adults with low socioeconomic status who age in their communities can be invisible. These people have unique needs and while there are systems in place to provide services, there is always room for improvement. Programs are available to older Oregonians who are financially vulnerable to address their basic needs. This work investigates the current challenges to addressing these basic needs and areas where advocacy work could be applied for this population. Financially vulnerable older adults, especially those at or below the federal poverty line, face issues of food insecurity, problems finding adequate but affordable housing, the costs and accessibility of caregivers and medical care, and more. These realities have repercussions on health and quality of life for lower income older adults. These factors, additionally correlate in different ways with higher likelihood of negative health outcomes and greater likelihood of disability and death. Interviews with five professionals working to provide governmental assistance to this population reveal both what is being done and areas of improvement for these services.
Herb, Maya, "Advocacy Work for Low-Income Older Adults: Analysis of services for low-income older adults in Oregon" (2022). Honors Senior Theses/Projects. 265.