Technical Background for a Symposium on Transportation Mobility for the Elderly

The aging baby boom generation is projected to double the number of persons 65 years of age and older in the United States in the next 30 years, from 35 million to 70 million persons in the year 2030. The proportion of the population that is 65 and older will grow from 13 percent to 20 percent during this time period. This aging population will require transportation mobility — the ability to travel to access needed goods and services, as well as to interact with others — to live independently. Continuous transportation mobility is particularly important for the freedom and independence of those seniors who expect to grow older in their current homes (known as the aging in place phenomenon). This report presents background information for developing a symposium to stimulate dialogue among organizations, Congressional leaders, and their staff to create a better understanding of the relationship between our rapidly aging society and its changing transportation needs. This symposium will strive for a consensus on how to adapt existing transportation programs and consider new measures that address the needs of the elderly, enabling them to remain active and independent, while ensuring their safety. Many actions are possible, but nearly all (if not all) require significant public funding. Thus, there is a strong need to identify those programs that would be most cost-effective in safely meeting the transportation needs of our aging society. To put the issues into perspective, this paper first presents some background on how older people travel now and the safety issues associated with their travel. Recent research efforts, transportation plans, and other activities that address the transportation needs of our aging population are examined, as are various recommendations to address the issues identified. Finally, this paper provides a list of high priority issues that a senior transportation mobility symposium might address.


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  • Media Type: Digital/other
  • Features: Appendices; Figures; Tables;
  • Pagination: 82p

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01673839
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: NCHRP Project 20-24, Task 24
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jun 18 2018 5:14PM