Access to transportation for Chittenden County Vermont older adults
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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.
Explore whether and how lack of transportation has compromised areas of daily lives in older adults.
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.
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.
Lack of accessible transportation leads to missed healthcare appointments and social isolation, which may have detrimental effects on older adults’ quality of life.
Many older adults face significant transportation challenges that negatively affect their health and well-being.
KeywordsGeriatrics Transportation Older adults Health
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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.
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.
For this type of study formal consent is not required. All participants that were surveyed volunteered participation and the surveys were anonymous.
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