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Caregiver Information Search Behavior for Alternative Transportation
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    Numerous factors contribute to cessation of driving, ranging from a decline in cognitive capability to a decrease in overall physical health. When driving cessation occurs, responsibility often falls on adult child caregivers to extend the personal mobility of their parents deeper into old age. While not the end-all solution, alternative transportation can alleviate some of the pressure placed on family and friends in transporting the driving disadvantaged to essential destinations such as a grocery store or pharmacy, as well as ‘nonessential’ social destinations that have been shown to improve the mental health of the elderly. Today’s caregiver has a more robust toolset at their disposal than their predecessors in the search for information on alternative transportation. However, while information available on the Internet can be rich, relevant and instructive, finding it is not as simple as googling a few key words and declaring ‘mission accomplished.’ The family caregiver must reconcile this information with the context and specific demands of their loved one. This project focused on understanding the means through which different types of caregivers find information on alternative transportation, and aimed to develop a cohesive framework to demonstrate the process a caregiver undertook in obtaining information.
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