Aging by the Numbers
Absent access to affordable travel options, seniors face isolation, a reduced quality of life and possible economic hardship. A 2004 study found that seniors age 65 and older who no longer drive make 15 percent fewer trips to the doctor, 59 percent fewer trips to shop or eat out, and 65 percent fewer trips to visit friends and family, than drivers of the same age.-- Aging Americans: Stranded without Options” Surface Transportation Policy Project
According to a 2003 survey of adults ages 43-57, nearly 80 percent of respondents believe they will see no “serious limits on their activity until after age 70” and close to 50 percent believe they will remain “active and going strong over age 80.” These expectations, however, run counter to research that shows more than 20 percent of seniors age 65 and older – nearly 7 million people – do not drive at all.– Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago
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Villages Help Neighbors Age at Home - NPR 2010