Introduction to Senior Transportation focuses on an issue that is a growing concern—the community mobility needs of older adults. Surpassing the coverage available in existing gerontology textbooks, it enables the reader to understand and appreciate the challenges faced by older adults as they make the transition from driving to using transportation options (many of which were not designed to meet their particular needs). It considers the physical and cognitive limitations of older adult passengers, the family of transportation services, the challenges providers face in meeting the assistance and support needs of senior passengers, and the transportation methods that do and do not currently meet the needs and wants of senior passengers.
This textbook addresses the educational and professional development needs of faculty, students, and practitioners working in the fields of aging, aging services, and transportation. The book has been class-tested and features innovative, practical learning tools that appeal to students and practitioners. It complements any introductory course in gerontology, human development and aging, or human factors, and will enhance the curriculum of programs in the social behavioral sciences as well as traffic safety, transit engineering, and community planning.
Table of Contents
Foreword Dale J. Marisco 1. Welcome to the Study of Senior Transportation: Getting the Most Out of Your Journey 2. An Introduction to Senior Transportation 3. Transitions to Transportation Options 4. The Transportation Family 5. Special Transportation Needs of Older Passengers 6. Strategies for Passengers and Their Caregivers in Using Transportation Options 7. Provider Strategies and Tactics 8. Senior Friendliness in America 9. Volunteer Driver Programs 10. Volunteering and Volunteer Drivers 11. Transportation Service Practices (and Their Older Adult Passengers) 12. Technology and Transportation for Older Adults: Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow 13. Data-Driven Senior Transportation 14. Transportation and Aging Policy: Who Should Care and Why It Matters 15. The Road Ahead