THE MOBILITY OF ELDERLY PEOPLE: THE INFLUENCE OF RETIREMENT AND FORMER LIFESTYLE

The authors report on the results of research which indicates that the mobility of the retired elderly person is a function of the life style prior to retiring. The research constructs a mobility index and relates neighbourhood travel and longer trips to values of "disengagement", which is the level of lack of motivation to participate in society. The authors find that the individual's own evaluation of his own state of health, especially with respect to sight and the ability to walk, are prime determinants of mobility. Decrease in the mobility of the elderly, is found to be due primarily to a decrease in the proportion of those who travel outside their neighbourhoods. Only those with severe difficulties fail to travel about in thier own neighbourhood. /Author/

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • From the Proceedings of the International Conference on Transport for the Elderly and the Handicapped, sponsored by the Transportation Research Board, Transport and Road Research Laboratory, England, and the Ministere d'Equipment (Transports) France.
  • Corporate Authors:

    Loughborough University

    Transport Studies Group
    Department of Civil and Building Engineering
    Loughborough, Leicestershire  United Kingdom  LE11 3TU
  • Authors:
    • Matalon, B
    • Averous, B
  • Conference:
  • Publication Date: 1978

Media Info

  • Media Type: Print
  • Pagination: pp 122-129
  • Monograph Title: MOBILITY FOR THE ELDERLY AND THE HANDICAPPED. PROCEEDINGS OF THE INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON TRANSPORT FOR THE ELDERLY AND HANDICAPPED AT CAMBRIDGE, APRIL 4-7 1978

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00184905
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Feb 3 1979 12:00AM