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Recommendations for meeting the mobility needs of older adults in rural Michigan.
  • Published Date:
    2012-12-01
  • Language:
    English
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  • Publication/ Report Number:
    RC-1592
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  • NTL Classification:
    NTL-SAFETY AND SECURITY-SAFETY AND SECURITY ; NTL-PLANNING AND POLICY-PLANNING AND POLICY ;
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  • 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.

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