Mobility and out-of-home activities of older people living in suburban environments : ‘Because I'm a driver, I don't have a problem'

Zeitler, Elisabeth & Buys, Laurie (2015) Mobility and out-of-home activities of older people living in suburban environments : ‘Because I'm a driver, I don't have a problem'. Ageing and Society, 35(4), pp. 785-808.

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Governments are challenged by the need to ensure that ageing populations stay active and engaged as they age. Therefore, it is critical to investigate the role of mobility in older people's engagement in out-of-home activities, and to identify the experiences they have within their communities. This research investigates the use of transportation by older people and its implications for their out-of-home activities within suburban environments. The qualitative, mixed-method approach employs data collection methods which include a daily travel diary (including a questionnaire), Global Positioning System (GPS) tracking and semi-structured interviews with older people living in suburban environments in Brisbane, Australia. Results show that older people are mobile throughout the city, and their car provides them with that opportunity to access desired destinations. This ability to drive allows older people to live independently and to assist others who do not drive, particularly where transport alternatives are not as accessible. The ability to transport goods and other people is a significant advantage of the private car over other transport options. People with no access to private transportation who live in low-density environments are disadvantaged when it comes to participation within the community. Further research is needed to better understand the relationship between transportation and participation within the community environment, to assist policy makers and city and transportation planners to develop strategies for age-friendly environments within the community.

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ID Code: 68099
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Additional Information: Published online: 04 February 2014
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Keywords: mobility, older people, out-of-home activity, participation, Global Positioning System (GPS)
DOI: 10.1017/S0144686X13001086
ISSN: 1469-1779
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Design
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Current > Institutes > Institute for Future Environments
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2014 Cambridge University Press
Deposited On: 05 Mar 2014 22:55
Last Modified: 19 Jun 2015 18:37

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