Aging America and Transportation

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Aging America and Transportation

SKU# 9780826123152

Personal Choices and Public Policy

Author: Joseph Coughlin PhD

Editors: Joseph Coughlin PhD Lisa D'Ambrosio PhD


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This solution-focused volume fills a gap in the literature by addressing the key issues around mobility and transportation for the aging Baby Boomer generation. This new generation, many of whom will continue to work past the traditional retirement age and expect to pursue an active lifestyle, may have to confront new transportation technology, the need to use public transportation, and ways to continue driving safely as their eyesight fades and reaction time slows down. The volume examines many of the issues faced by policymakers, transportation officials, vehicle manufacturers, health and human services professionals, and aging adults themselves.

The volume's editors are both at the MIT AgeLab, whose multi-disciplinary team designs, develops and deploys innovations to enhance quality of life for aging populations. Through the contributions of a diverse group of theorists and practitioners, including recommendations from the National Older Driver Safety Advisory Council and a collaboration between AARP's Driver Safety Program and the MIT AgeLab, the book discusses changing demographics of the population, how this generation's lifestyle choices affect mobility, technology trends in private vehicles, changes in the infrastructure and transportation system, the new older driver, and issues of safety and education. This book also explores practical solutions and strategies, such as new transportation options and innovations, for keeping these seniors active and mobile well into their later years.

Key Features:

  • Focuses on the unique mobility needs of the aging Baby Boomer generation
  • Provides practical solutions and strategies for policy changes to enhance the mobility of older adults
  • Examines issues faced by policymakers, transportation officials, vehicle manufacturers, health and human services professionals, and aging adults
  • Discusses strategies for updating the infrastructure and transportation system, driving safety education for older drivers, and trends in private vehicle innovations


Product Details 

  • Publication Date January 20, 2012
  • Page Count 288
  • Product Form Hardback
  • ISBN 13 9780826123152
  • EISBN 9780826123169

Table of Contents 

National Older Driver Safety Advisory Council Members
List of Abbreviations

Section I: Setting the Context

1. Purpose of This Volume The National Older Driver Safety Advisory Council

2. The Continuing and Growing Importance of Mobility

3. Describing the Older Adult Population

4. The Travel and Mobility Needs of Older People Now and in the Future

Section II: The Changing Transportation System

5. The Changing Car: New Vehicle Technologies

6. The Future Highway Infrastructure-How It Can Help Older Drivers and Pedestrians Retain Their Mobility

7. Innovative Mobility Services and Technologies: A Pathway Toward Transit Flexibility, Convenience, and Choice

Section III: The New Older Driver

8. The New Older Driver in the United States and Canada: Changes and Challenges

9. Reducing Older Road-User Deaths

10. Beyond the Car

11. Older Driver Education

12. Older Driver Education Today and the Possibilities for Tomorrow

Section IV: Innovations for Future Mobility of the Baby Boomers

13. Outside the Box: New Models for Transportation Partnerships

14. If Demographics Is Destiny, Are We Preparing for It? Aging Baby Boomers, Transportation Planning, and Investing in Mobility Tomorrow

15. National Older Driver Safety Advisory Council Recommendations for Policy Makers