On average, men in the United States outlive their ability to drive by seven years. Women, who generally live longer than men, survive an additional decade beyond their driving years. Since the majority of communities nationwide are not walkable and do not have comprehensive public transit options, being a nondriver can be a limiting, isolating and even health-endangering experience.
Case in point: More than 3 million Americans miss or delay medical appointments every year because they lack a ride to the doctor.
As a young mother in 1988, Katherine Freund learned firsthand that the transportation problems faced by older adults can have a direct impact on people of any age, including her then-toddler son, who was run over and seriously injured by an 84-year-old driver who didn’t even realize he had nearly killed a child. (After years of extensive care the little boy did recover and is now a successful 30-year-old man.)