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- What's Good for Older Americans is good for All Americans (PDF) 239 KB)
By Jane Hardin
The older population is a huge and disparate group. Some of the assumptions we've long held about the nature of seniors will have to be rethought. Sixty-year olds are as likely or unlikely to have something in common with 25-year olds as they are with 75-year olds.
- A Profile of Older Americans
Seniors are a dynamic group. Today's seniors are different from yesterdays, and tomorrows's will be distinct in their own right. Before we chart a course to address seniors' mobility needs, we need a roadmap. Where are our seniors living? How are they living? What are they doing and where are they going?
- Benefits of Transportation Services to Health Programs
Great advances in healthcare mean little to those who can't access them. The Medicare program's restrictions on transportation expenses have resulted in reduced access to medical services and preventative care, increased use and expense of emergency room care and the unintended consequence of isolation for seniors on fixed incomes.
- Placing Transportation on the Aging Policy Agenda
Living longer is a reality. Living better is the challenge for public policy. Healthcare costs and retirement concerns tend to crowd out the interconnected issue of mobility. All levels of government must place lifelong transportation at the top of their agenda to ensure healthy aging and strong communities.
- Improving Public Transit Options for Older Persons
America's seniors today have been defined by five decades of automobile culture, a growing geography of transit-deficient suburbs and rural populations aging in place. Educated, healthier and more active than previous generations, they have high expectations of transit service. Providers must respond to their customer-oriented demands, offering a wider range of mobility options.
- Mature Mobility: Missouri's Model for America
Missouri circa 1970. As a community pondered how to better address its seniors' needs, seniors went ahead and did it. Their volunteer-supported transit service has expanded to serve all members of the community - and by doing so, leverages more resources to keep Missouri's urban and rural seniors connected.
- Reaping a Bright Future for Rural Seniors
Small-scale mobility has wide-reaching impact. Just ask the residents of David City, Nebr.. One volunteer-operated van and one county bus driven by two part-time drivers connect residents to medical services, local merchants and social activities, and contribute to the small town's continued growth.
- Coordination in the Commonwealth: Pennsylvania's Winning Strategy
Pennsylvania is betting on senior mobility to keep both its urban and rural communities connected. Using lottery proceeds and coordinated service, two senior transit programs are winning accolades.
- From the Senate Floor: A Discussion on Senior Transportation
As communities strive to improve mobility for their aging members, their local efforts will be greatly influenced by decision making in Washington. Senators from Iowa, Montana and Wyoming stress transit's critical role in senior's lives, and plan to address mobility needs through legislative channels in the 108th Congress.
- Editor's Note
- Heard and Seen on the Bus
- Federal Express
- Voices from the Community
- Member Dispatch
- Transit Notes
- Advertiser Index