Safety while walking among older people: The intersection of mobility, road safety, physical fragility, gender and fears about personal safety

King, Mark J. (2016) Safety while walking among older people: The intersection of mobility, road safety, physical fragility, gender and fears about personal safety. In 31st International Congress of Psychology (ICP2016), 24-29 July 2016, Yokohama, Japan. (Unpublished)

Abstract

Across the world the population is ageing, with high income countries showing the greatest changes at present. High income societies are increasingly car-dependent, so giving up driving presents a challenge to mobility that in most cases can only be met by walking, either directly or in conjunction with public transport. Age-related changes affect the safety of road crossing, increasing the risk of being struck by a vehicle. Physical fragility increases the severity of these collision, and also contributes to an increase in falls while walking, a type of injury not included in road injury statistics even though the same transport infrastructure is used. Women form the majority of older people, and in the oldest age groups the numbers of women are growing most rapidly. However, older women are more likely to avoid walking for reasons of personal safety. The implications for mobility and health are discussed, along with possible interventions.

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ID Code: 98132
Item Type: Conference Item (Presentation)
Refereed: No
Additional Information: This invited symposium presentation was supported by the Japanese Association of Traffic Psychology
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Keywords: Ageing, Pedestrians, Gender, Road safety, Public safety
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > PUBLIC HEALTH AND HEALTH SERVICES (111700) > Public Health and Health Services not elsewhere classified (111799)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY (160000) > HUMAN GEOGRAPHY (160400) > Social and Cultural Geography (160403)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > PSYCHOLOGY AND COGNITIVE SCIENCES (170000) > PSYCHOLOGY (170100) > Developmental Psychology and Ageing (170102)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Centre for Accident Research & Road Safety - Qld (CARRS-Q)
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Current > Schools > School of Psychology & Counselling
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2016 [please consult the author]
Deposited On: 16 Aug 2016 23:04
Last Modified: 17 Aug 2016 11:13

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