Accessible transportation and mobility options are essential to the health and well-being of older adults and the overall livability of a community. AARP produced this guide as part of its Mobility Toolkit to assist AARP state office staff and volunteers in making the case for a range of mobility options that better meet the needs of older adults. The purpose of the guide is to facilitate positive local and statewide actions that enhance the mobility and livability of communities, not only just for older adults but all community residents.
By 2030, the total number of older adults age 50 and above will nearly double from today’s number. To ensure that communities are ready for the changing mobility needs of this growing population, local and state officials must be made aware of the impact this change will have on nearly every aspect of community life. This guide provides a template for AARP state offices and others to use when demonstrating the need for an array of mobility options in their community. It highlights the areas that will be impacted most by the changing mobility needs of older adults and provides strategic recommendations for action.
Other report highlights include:
- It is expected that by 2020 there will be nearly 6 million non-drivers older than age 75. To meet the transportation demands of this population, public transit options that are responsive to the specific needs of older adults must be made available and accessible.
- Research shows that older adults left without access to public transportation options are more likely to become socially isolated, experience poorer health, and have higher rates of institutionalization.
How to Use
Planners, local leaders, and government officials should use this template as a framework to guide them in making a concrete case for improved transportation options in their community. Additionally, state-specific transportation data can be inserted in the template to help AARP state offices raise awareness of transportation issues facing their older adult populations.