Most older adults rely on automobiles for transportation. However, statistics show that older adults live for an average of six to 10 years after they stop driving, although many are unfamiliar with other transportation options. This can make the transition distressing and can isolate them from their community. Most people stop driving gradually, but don't have a plan for how to maintain their mobility after giving up the keys to their car.
What can we do?
Improve public transit to serve the needs of older adults, and reduce the need for them to drive
Improve roadways and driving environment to better accommodate needs of older drivers
Improve and expand existing social service transportation systems
Include older adults in planning for and construction of new transportation projects
To live independently, older Americans must be able to maintain a mobile lifestyle. KC Communities for All Ages and Mid-America Regional Council's Transportation Department will work over the next year with the Mr. Goodcents Foundation, University of Missouri-Kansas City Midwest Center for Nonprofit Leadership, the University of Kansas Medical Center and others to increase transportation and mobility options for older adults, and to ensure that transportation services are designed in ways that fully meet the needs of an increasingly older population.
"The livability of a community depends in part on multiple mobility options that allow residents of all ages and abilities to connect with their communities."
(Beyond 50.05: A Report to the Nation on Livable Communities: Creating Environments of Successful Aging, AARP)
Link for Care is a website that helps individuals find services including transportation, health care, food services, care giving and more. The resources at the Link for Care website can be searched by city or by neighborhood.
For transportation resources, visit our Older Driver Safety Resources, Online Resources and Regional Resources pages.