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Transportation and Older Persons: Perceptions and Preferences — A Report on Focus Groups

A Report on Focus Groups

“Transportation has been described as the ‘glue’ that holds together all the activities that we call life. Ready access to family, friends, social activities, health care, and goods and services are vital to full participation in daily life. Without such mobility, many older persons report a sense of loss and feelings of isolation from the world of their younger years.”

— from the Executive Summary of the AARP Public Policy Institute focus group report in which Joseph Coughlin of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Center for Transportation Studies and Age Lab tells how drivers and non-drivers age 75 and older regard their transportation options and how they stay connected to their communities. (20 pages)

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