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Aging Clinical and Experimental Research

, Volume 28, Issue 4, pp 769–774 | Cite as

Access to transportation for Chittenden County Vermont older adults

  • Emily Hadley StroutEmail author
  • Leah Fox
  • Alejandro Castro
  • Pishoy Haroun
  • Blake Leavitt
  • Cordelia Ross
  • Mutlay Sayan
  • Thomas Delaney
  • Alyson Platzer
  • Jeanne Hutchins
  • Jan K. Carney
Original Article
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Abstract

Background

Aging often leads to decreased independence and mobility, which can be detrimental to health and well-being. The growing population of older adults will create a greater need for reliable transportation.

Aims

Explore whether and how lack of transportation has compromised areas of daily lives in older adults.

Methods

1221 surveys with 36 questions assessing transportation access, usage, and impact on activities were distributed to Chittenden County, Vermont older adults; 252 met criteria for analysis.

Results

Older adults reported overwhelming difficulty getting to activities considered important, with 69 % of participants delaying medical appointments due to transportation barriers. Although family and friends represent a primary method of transportation, older adults reported difficulty asking them for help.

Discussion

Lack of accessible transportation leads to missed healthcare appointments and social isolation, which may have detrimental effects on older adults’ quality of life.

Conclusion

Many older adults face significant transportation challenges that negatively affect their health and well-being.

Keywords

Geriatrics Transportation Older adults Health 

Notes

Compliance with ethical standards

Conflict of interest

Dr. Jan Carney has published a public health textbook and receives annual royalties. Carney, Jan K. Public Health in Action: Practicing in the Real World. Jones and Bartlett Publishers: Boston, Toronto, London, Singapore, 2006.

Ethical standard

No procedures were performed in this study and all human participants were in accordance with the ethical standards of the institution. This project was reviewed and accepted by the University of Vermont Office of Research Protections under an Instructor's Assurance.

Informed consent

For this type of study formal consent is not required. All participants that were surveyed volunteered participation and the surveys were anonymous.

Supplementary material

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Emily Hadley Strout
    • 1
    Email author
  • Leah Fox
    • 1
  • Alejandro Castro
    • 1
  • Pishoy Haroun
    • 1
  • Blake Leavitt
    • 1
  • Cordelia Ross
    • 1
  • Mutlay Sayan
    • 1
  • Thomas Delaney
    • 1
  • Alyson Platzer
    • 2
  • Jeanne Hutchins
    • 1
  • Jan K. Carney
    • 1
  1. 1.University of Vermont College of MedicineBurlingtonUSA
  2. 2.United Way of Chittenden CountySouth BurlingtonUSA

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