Posted by: Bert Copple | June 20, 2011

Older Travelers Require Transportation Options For The Future

An AARP Public Policy Institute report that provides a detailed look at travel patterns of older Americans sheds light the need for better ways to travel.

Americans want to stay in their homes and communities as they age, which means our nation needs safe transportation options as boomers get older and want to maintain their independence,” said Susan Reinhard, AARP’s senior vice president for public policy.

The report predicts that older travelers will change the landscape of transportation in the coming years and concludes that transportation planners and policymakers must adapt to this shift.

Many older adults depend on their cars to live independently and when they don’t have a ride, they walk,” Reinhard said. “Improvements and investments in the travel environment – from roundabouts, left turn lanes and signals to lighting, retro-reflective signs, better road markings and crosswalks — can make driving and walking safer for everyone.”

In addition to releasing the report, the AARP renewed support for legislation that would make roads and transportation safer and more user-friendly.

To make roads safer for drivers, transit users, bicyclists and pedestrians of all ages and abilities, AARP encourages policymakers to adopt ’complete streets’ policies and direct resources for low-cost, life-saving roadway improvements to accommodate the mobility needs of an aging population.  Making roads safer for older Americans will make them safer for everyone,” said AARP Executive Vice President Nancy LeaMond.

One key option that older travelers have is Home Instead Senior Care. Our caregivers are not only specially trained to care for your loved one in the home and with daily tasks, but they also offer an alternative method of transportation. No matter what the plan of care is, incidental travel is always available to our clients.

Home Instead Senior Care will provide outstanding CAREGivers to help your loved one with personal care, incidental travel, companionship, medication reminders, light housekeeping, and even meal preparation. To learn more, call 248-203-2273 or visit www.homeinstead.com. Home Instead Senior Care is the world’s trusted source of in-home non-commercial personal care and companionship for seniors. Each franchise is independently owned and operated. And remember, to us, it’s personal.

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