MOBILITY AND OLDER AMERICANS: AN ANALYSIS

Recorded viewpoints and demographic characteristics of senior citizens are analyzed and conclusions are presented which relate to mobile patterns attitudes, and causes of mobility problems. Comments are also made on federal transportation programming. Mobility ranked in the top 4 of all problems of older Amricans. Income, physical dysfunctions, residential location, and society's insensitivity were some of the more important causes of the problem. The need is noted for an expanded viewpoint towards public transit, and the opinion is expressed that the legally mandated responsibility for meeting needs of the elderly lies with the legally established area transportation body, the local transit authority. A progressive viewpoint must be applied to systems design. Public transit services must include a door-to-door service component, and DOT and state agencies must be able to supply quality technical assistance to local programs to aid with establishment of door-to-door components.

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  • Features: Photos; Tables;
  • Pagination: p. 41-50
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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00135931
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Sep 21 1981 12:00AM