for people ages 55 years and up (full criteria)
at San Francisco, California
study started
completion around
Principal Investigator
by Elena Portacolone, PhD MPH MBA
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Elena Portacolone



The purpose of this study is to better understand the experience of living alone in older age with cognitive impairment.

We recruit adults 55+ living alone with cognitive impairment such as Alzheimer's disease or mild cognitive impairment.

This study investigates the priorities and concerns of older adults living alone with cognitive impairment. Participants are interviewed 5 times for one hour in their homes within 3 months at a time that works for them.


The purpose of this study is to better understand the experience of living alone in older age with cognitive impairment. This knowledge is important to design programs that are appropriate. Dr. Elena Portacolone, an Assistant Professor from the Institute of Health and Aging is the study researcher.

Study participants are interviewed by Elena at a time and place convenient to them, usually their home. Interviews are audio recorded and last around one hour. Study participants are interviewed five times within 3 months.

After the interview, a transcriptionist will type into a computer the recording and will remove personal names. The sound recording will then be destroyed.

Participants can stop being in the study at any time.


Living Alone, Alzheimer Disease, Mild Cognitive Impairment, Cognitive Dysfunction


You can join if…

Open to people ages 55 years and up

You CAN'T join if...

  • Living in nursing homes, assistive living facilities.
  • Alcohol abuse


  • Institute for Health & Aging
    San Francisco California 94705 United States

Lead Scientist at UCSF

  • Elena Portacolone, PhD MPH MBA
    Dr. Elena Portacolone is an Associate Professor of Sociology in the Institute for Health & Aging and a Pepper Center Scholar at the Division of Geriatric Medicine at UCSF. She is also affiliated with the Philip Lee Institute for Health Policy Studies, and the Global Health Sciences Institute, both at UCSF.


in progress, not accepting new patients
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University of California, San Francisco
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Expecting 60 study participants
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