Transportation : implications for accessibility for older people

Zeitler, Elisabeth, Buys, Laurie, & Aird, Rosemary (2012) Transportation : implications for accessibility for older people. In Percival, Vicki & Petriwskyj, Andrea (Eds.) Making an Impact - Abstracts and Proceedings, University of Queensland, Brisbane.

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Abstract

Objective: This research investigates older people’s use of transportation to develop strategies for age-friendly transportation within the community.

Methods: Data for this study was derived from Global Positioning System (GPS) tracking of thirteen people aged 55 years and older, together with self-report information recorded in travel diaries about daily activities undertaken outside the home over a period of seven days. Semi-structured interviews were aided by individual maps to investigate engagement in out-of-home activities and verify the recorded GPS data. Results: Overall, participants were highly reliant on the car for daily commuting. Walking, biking and public transport options were unattractive due to environmental conditions, accessibility and usability.

Conclusion: Participation within the community and access to services is facilitated by private and public transportation. It is therefore critical to address accessibility and usability issues faced by older people to enable them to maintain their mobility, and ensure access to services, especially when driving ceases.

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ID Code: 56814
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: older people, transportation, accessibility, age-friendly, active ageing
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > BUILT ENVIRONMENT AND DESIGN (120000) > OTHER BUILT ENVIRONMENT AND DESIGN (129900)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY (160000)
Divisions: Past > Research Centres > Centre for Social Change Research
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2012 (please consult the authors).
Deposited On: 31 Jan 2013 23:06
Last Modified: 24 Jun 2017 21:17

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