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Understanding Senior Transportation: Report and Analysis of a Survey of Consumers 50+

Results and policy implications of a telephone survey of 2,422 adults age 50 and older are examined in this AARP Public Policy Institute report by Anita Stowell Ritter, Audrey Straight and Ed Evans.

Seeking to fill gaps in existing knowledge about how older individuals travel in their communities, how much they travel, and the problems they perceive with their various transportation mode choices, the survey particularly focused on understanding the mobility needs of individuals age 75+. It is the first national transportation survey to include a representative sample of age 85+ individuals, the fastest growing age group in America.

The survey data show that age alone is not the best indicator of transportation mode use, transportation problems or personal mobility. Health and disability status (HDS) has its own unique impact on mobility and is a strong predictor of mobility in the age 75+ population. (74 pages)

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