Articles on "Transportation for Seniors"

October 24, 2013 7:00 pm

Hybrid Cars Are a Status Symbol of Sorts for Seniors

Paying extra bucks to “go green” in a hybrid car may pay off in self-esteem and image for older drivers, as well as give a healthy boost to the environment, according to a Baylor University study. The finding is significant because some segments of the older-consumer population control a considerable share of the discretionary income in the United States, and the population size of the “mature market” is growing rapidly, researchers said. The study is published in the journal Human […]

October 24, 2013 6:45 pm

Blind Spot Warning Systems Rated Top Tech Pick By Mature Drivers

New technologies influence older driver confidence, according to survey Mature drivers rank Blind Spot Warning systems highest from a list of 10 new vehicle features, saying this technology would make them feel most safe when they drive, according to the Top Technologies for Mature Drivers: Consumer Insights survey, released today by The Hartford and the MIT AgeLab. Mature drivers who have at least one of the 10 technologies report feeling more confident as they drive than those who don’t have […]

Time to Connect–Seabury Resources for Aging
August 14, 2013 5:46 pm

Time to Connect–Seabury Resources for Aging

By Christy Brudin Whether you are forging a friendship or building a business, creating strong bonds is hard work. In a world filled with quick solutions and easy fixes, the act of building relationships still requires perseverance. Connecting takes time. Seabury Resources for Aging has been taking the time to connect with older adults in the greater Washington, D.C. area for nearly 90 years. The private, nonprofit organization focuses on providing personalized, affordable services and housing options to help older […]

June 24, 2013 1:10 pm

Survey Results – Mobility & Transportation Options for Older Adults – Fairfax County

Key Findings Twenty-seven percent of respondents were unable to get to a destination in the past month. The majority were unaware of the free travel training programs. Those with the lowest annual household incomes are most likely to not leave their homes in a typical week. A significant number restrict driving to avoid rush hours, inclement weather, and driving after dark. Thirty-four percent of older adults and people with disabilities who have difficulty finding transportation are not aware of any […]

May 28, 2013 2:14 pm

MIT AgeLab Reveal Benefits of Exercise on Mature Drivers

The Hartford Center for Mature Market Excellence and MIT AgeLab released a  new study findings on the benefits of exercise for mature drivers. The study, involving drivers ages 60-74, found that exercise can enhance flexibility and range of motion, key factors to safe driving as one ages. With more Americans getting healthier and living longer (Federal Interagency Forum on Aging-Related Statistics, August 2012), this study offers insight into how exercise can keep older adults on the road longer as well. […]

November 26, 2012 6:10 pm

Older Driver Safety Awareness Week is Dec. 3–7, 2012

Why dedicate a week to older drivers? The concern for their safety and independence is greater now than at any time in our history. More than 10,000 baby boomers turn 65 each day, a trend expected to continue for the next 19 years. And by the year 2040, 1 in 5 Americans will be 70 or older. The American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) along with AAA, AARP, The Hartford Financial Services Group, Inc., and other organizations are raising awareness of […]

April 23, 2012 8:48 pm

AARP Video – Active Living for All Ages: “Creating Neighborhoods Around Transit”

Active Living for All Ages: “Creating Neighborhoods Around Transit” shows how transit-oriented development (TOD) facilitates the independence and mobility of older adults. This new six-minute video features conversations with residents, local officials and experts in TOD in Arlington, Virginia—a walkable, mixed-use community with access to a variety of public transit options, entertainment and recreation, and basic services such as shopping and medical services. Produced by AARP’s Public Policy Institute in collaboration with Streetfilms, the video highlights design features that create […]

April 23, 2012 6:33 pm

“Granny Nav” Helps Older Drivers

Nicknamed “Granny Nav”, the technology is being developed as part of a 12 million pound ($19.34 million) program by the UK’s Research Council to help the elderly better navigate while driving.  “For many older people, particularly those living alone or in rural areas, driving is essential for maintaining their independence, giving them the freedom to get out and about without having to rely on others,” Professor Phil Blythe who led the research said in a press statement. “But we all […]

The Three Legged Stool for Aging in Place/Community
April 9, 2012 4:15 pm

The Three Legged Stool for Aging in Place/Community

I have been neglecting this blog lately, so I figured I might share a recurring theme that I have been speaking about recently at events and expos. Based on conversations with our readers and my personal involvement in the Village/Aging in Place/Aging in Community movement I have become convinced that successful “aging” can be described as a three legged stool (yes, I know it’s an overused analogy!) I feel that the legs of the stool support us having “purpose” in […]

Transportation for Seniors: After the Car Keys Are Gone
December 15, 2011 9:18 pm

Transportation for Seniors: After the Car Keys Are Gone

By Buckley Kuhn Fricker  So now you (or your loved one) find yourself stuck at home. How will you buy groceries? Pick up prescriptions? Visit the mall? Get to the doctor’s office? Transportation is probably the single most important worry faced by those who want to age at home but can no longer drive their own cars. The loss of independence is profound after a lifetime of being able to come and go wherever and whenever you pleased. Enter drivers: […]