Accession Number PB2013-103561
Title Recommendations for Meeting in Mobility Needs of Older Adults in Rural Michigan.
Publication Date Dec 2012
Media Count 208p
Personal Author D. Kellman D. W. Eby L. J. Molnar L. P. Kostyniuk N. Zanier R. M. St. Louis
Abstract The populations of the United States (US) and Michigan are aging. This demographic trend will continue to have a significant impact on society for the next few decades, particularly in the area of safe mobility in rural areas. As the population of Michigan's rural older adults continues to grow, it is becoming increasingly crucial that the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) understand the mobility needs and issues of rural older adults, including the issues faced by Indian Tribes in rural Michigan, and be proactive in addressing these needs and issues in their activities. This project provides the background and suggestions to help MDOT identify areas where they significantly impact the safe mobility of Michigan's rural older adults. The overall goal of the project is to help maintain the safety and well-being of Michigan's rural older adult residents by providing recommendations on how current alternative transportation services could be improved to be more attractive to older adults while addressing cultural and psychological barriers to using these services. This goal was achieved through a literature review, an analysis of demographic data, a statewide survey of older adults living in six rural counties of Michigan, structured interviews with public and community transportation providers, and group discussions with representatives of three Indian Tribes located in rural Michigan. The complete results of these research activities, a list of recommendations for improving rural older adult mobility in Michigan, and an implementation plan are included in this report.
Keywords Aging
American Indians
Demographic trends
Elderly persons
Implementation
Michigan
Mobility
Needs assessment
Population growth
Public transportation
Recommendations
Rural areas
Safety
Surveys
Transportation services


 
Source Agency Department of Transportation
NTIS Subject Category 85H - Road Transportation
92C - Social Concerns
43G - Transportation
91B - Transportation & Traffic Planning
Corporate Author Michigan Univ., Ann Arbor. Transportation Research Inst.
Document Type Technical report
Title Note Final rept.
NTIS Issue Number 1309
Contract Number N/A

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