The private automobile has become ever more important to the elderly population in the U.S. in recent decades. When the elderly age to the point that they can no longer drive at all or occasionally, they are faced with a frightening lack of access to major fixed points in their network--from grocery stores to the doctor's office. They are then forced to ask friends or relatives for rides or struggle with public transit or special services. Due to suburbanization, these trends have intensified as more and more of the elderly live in very low density places where alternatives to the car are rare. This article describes the degree to which U.S. senior citizens have become dependent on the car, as either drivers or passengers, and how this dependence becomes part of a web of medical and nonmedical behaviors and choices that cannot be easily reversed.

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    W.B. Saunders Company

    Curtis Center, Suite 300, Independence Square West
    Philadelphia, PA  United States  19106-3399
  • Authors:
    • Rosenbloom, S
  • Publication Date: 1993-5


  • English

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  • Features: Figures; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: p. 297-310
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  • Accession Number: 00798805
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Sep 28 2002 12:00AM