While about 600,000 older adults stop driving each year, many more modify their driving habits. Giving up the car keys greatly limits older adults’ access to medical care, shopping and opportunities for socialization. Older adults with access to public transportation often choose not to use it for various reasons, including distance to transit stops and concerns about safety. There is no one-size-fits-all solution to addressing the mobility needs of older adults. Rather, community efforts must encompass a variety of approaches, including safe driving programs and travel training, volunteer and assisted transportation programs, dial-a-ride and paratransit options.
Area Agencies on Aging (AAAs) have long recognized the myriad challenges posed by seniors’ mobility limitations and are at the forefront of community efforts to expand the transportation options available for older adults and people with disabilities. AAAs develop and manage senior transportation programs; participate in, and often lead, local and regional efforts to coordinate transportation services; and advocate for transportation funding. AAAs’ experience in providing information and referral/assistance and care management, including administration of Aging and Disability Resource Centers (ADRCs), is spurring development of person-centered mobility management programs and one-call/one-click transportation resource centers in a growing number of communities.
- NADTC Brochure: Improving Access to Transportation for Older Adults and People with Disabilities
- One Call/One Click Operations Guide
- Transportation: The Silent Need
- Older Driver Safety and Transition for the Aging Network
- Older Driver Safety and Transition for the Mature Driver
- National Aging and Disability Transportation Center
- National Center on Mobility Management
- Easterseals Project ACTION
- United We Ride
- Transit Planning 4 All