A vibrant community depends on the participation and contributions of all its members. Older adults contribute their talents, skills, and experience as employed and volunteer workers; they support the local government as taxpayers and the local economy as consumers of local goods and services. In turn, the community provides services that they need to continue living in the community as they age. Lost mobility jeopardizes not only the physical and emotional health of the individual who may feel a sense of loss and dependency but also the quality of their community.
The Community Transportation Association of America, (CTAA), is making transportation and communities senior-friendly. This blog will discuss latest news, interesting perspectives on issues related to making transportation and communities senior-friendly.
Senior Mobility News
Unemployed Older Workers: Many Experience Challenges Regaining Employment and Face Reduced Retirement Security
A recent GAO Report on Unemployed Older Workers recommends that the Secretary of Labor should consider what strategies are needed to address unique needs of older workers. Video of excerpts from GAO interviews and focus groups with unemployed older workers: http://www.gao.gov/products/GAO-12-445. The full GAO Report is also available online.
Active Living for All Ages, Creating Neighborhoods Around Transit
This brief information-rich video from AARP describes Arlington, Va., a close-in suburb of Washington, D.C., as an example of a livable community for all ages. It includes interviews with older residents, planning, aging, and transportation experts.
Recommended Reading: Transportation Funding Reform: Equity Considerations for Older Americans
"This AARP Public Policy Institute report by Sandra Rosenbloom of the University of Arizona and AARP's Jana Lynott examines whether current and proposed transportation funding sources at all three levels of government are in some way inequitable for low-income people, rural residents, people with disabilities, or older adults."
Transportation: When Extreme Climate Becomes Norm
What will public transportation for older adults look like when temperatures are more extreme and natural disasters more frequent?
How Do I Start a Senior Transportation Service?
Many people who see the demand for reasonably priced senior transportation think about starting a service. For useful basic information, please visit http://www.ctapnet.org/medsenpage.php.
The Beverly Foundation's Interactive Map of 1038 Supplemental Transportation Programs (STP), community-based organizations providing transportation. Click on a state to see list of STPs with links to their websites. http://www.beverlyfoundation.org/map/stps
Long-Term Care, Independent Living Residents Can Benefit from Community-Based Transit Services
This article by Vladimere Herard provides much information about how residents of retirement communities, and continuing care communities can benefit from transit services. Experts interviewed are CTAA staff along with National Center on Senior Transportation and N4A.
Coordinator, Senior Transportation Programs