LIFESTYLES AND THE CHANGING TRANSPORTATION NEEDS OF THE ELDERLY IN LOS ANGELES

Transportation plans for the elderly are frequently based upon the assumption that old people are a homogeneous group of central city residents who are poor and dependent on public transportation. Yet, there is evidence that the elderly population is quite diverse. In this paper, the diversity of the elderly is studied using the concept of lifestyle. Lifestyle is defined by a set of socioeconomic, demographic, and behavioral characteristics of a group of persons. A methodology is presented for operationalizing the concept and for identifying unique lifestyle groups among the elderly population in an urban area. An investigation of the elderly population of Los Angeles County was conducted as a case study. Seven dimensions were defined which provided a basis for the identification of seven elderly lifestyle groups. Each group was found to be unique in terms of travel demands and socioeconomic composition. Lifestyle groups were found to reside in specific areas within the county, a necessary condition to the provision of transportation services that vary with location to meet their special needs. A forecast, through the year 2000, of the population and tripmaking patterns of each lifestyle group in Los Angeles showed that diversity will continue to characterize the elderly. Some of the lifestyle areas will show increases in elderly population and tripmaking, while others will show declines.

  • 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:
    • Wachs, M
  • Conference:
  • Publication Date: 1978

Media Info

  • Media Type: Print
  • Pagination: pp130-139
  • 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: 00184908
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Feb 3 1981 12:00AM