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Aging, Mobility, and the Model T: Approaches to Smart Community Transportation

February 24, 2011

Article by Katherine Freund and Jackie Vine
Published in Generations – Journal of the American Society on Aging

Sharing private vehicles may solve senior mobility issues.

To the surprise of many, the need for better mobility options was the third highest policy priority among fifty key issues at the 2005 White House Conference on Aging, placing ahead of Social Security and Medicare. Driving as a transportation issue placed forty-seventh (White House Conference on Aging, 2006).

By 2030, the population of adults ages 65 and older is expected to reach 71.5 million (U.S. Census Bureau, 2004). Excluding the 57 million estimated licensed drivers and the approximately 4 percent who will be living in nursing homes (U.S. Census Bureau, 2008), roughly 19 percent, or 13.9 million people, will need alternative transportation to continue living independently in 2030. This is a conservative estimate that does not include older drivers who will want alternative transportation as they self-limit driving and transition to the passenger seat.

Read the full article in Generations – Journal of the American Society on Aging

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