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Transportation

Older adults need options for transportation to have access to health care, employment, stores and entertainment, civic and social activities, and family and friends. Mobility prevents isolation and promotes independence.

If you are dependent on your automobile, you are at risk of losing more than just your independence when you can no longer drive. Lost mobility jeopardizes your physical and emotional health. And it jeopardizes the quality of your community.

A vibrant community depends on your participation and contribution and that of your neighbors. Your community provides you with the services, goods, and relationships necessary to maintain a healthy and active lifestyle. In return, you contribute work, activity as a volunteer, your ties to family, and your experience to the community.

Widespread public transportation and programs that provide door-to-door transportation for people who are elderly or disabled, who do not have private transportation, and who are unable to use public transportation are essential to a vital community.

Page Author: Steve Wagner

 

This section includes the following pages:

  • Safe Driving at Any Age - By 2030, persons over age 65 will drive 18.9% of all vehicle-miles driven nationally, three times the amount in 1990. The ability to drive a vehicle as we age is a significant predictor of quality of life.
  • Maintaining Mobility in an Aging Population - Good transportation is crucial to the ability of people to age in place, in their homes, and in their communities.
  • Tips for Older Drivers - The following tips help older driver put safety first on the road.



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