Perspectives on transportation: building on the age-friendly cities project - a World Health Organization initiative

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2009-01-13T20:54:29Z

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Love, Janet Anne

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The impact of transportation concerning older adults is under scrutiny as the number of older adults is expected to significantly increase in the coming years. The World Health Organization (WHO) spearheaded a world wide initiative that sought to examine what contributed to an “age-friendly community” in both developed and underdeveloped nations. This paper examines, in particular, the role that transportation plays in relation and contribution to an “age-friendly” community in Saanich, British Columbia, as an addition to the WHO initiative. Focus groups were conducted to ensure that information received was the lived experience of the individual. Results suggested that transportation was more than the ability to operate a vehicle, but in the ability to move safely within an environment. Additional information provided by participants spoke to the necessity of increasing awareness of licensing systems and improvements that could be implemented to ensure safety for older adult drivers and the community.

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Aging, Age-friendly communities, Transportation, Driving, Alternative Transportation, Older Adults, Developmental Systems Perspective, Stakeholders, Positive Development, Life-Span Development

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