Access to Transportation for Chittenden County Vermont Senior Citizens
Methods. We surveyed elderly people living in Chittenden County, Vermont to determine transportation options, usage, and impact. Surveys consisted of 37 questions assessing transportation access and its impact on perceived important activities.
Results.1,221 surveys were distributed; 260 were returned and 252 met criteria for analysis. We found that seniors experienced overwhelming difficulty getting to activities that were important to them, with over 40% of individuals reporting challenges in transportation, regardless of the activity assessed. Particularly troublesome was the 69% of people who delayed medical appointments due to lack of a ride, over 40% of whom often or always delayed appointments. Seniors also reported difficulty asking family and friends for rides, although they were their primary method of transportation.
Conclusions. The inability to drive, coupled with the lack of accessible and affordable transportation options, leads to missed healthcare appointments, decreased community involvement, and social isolation, which may have detrimental effects on seniors’ quality of life. Our data shows that many seniors face significant transportation challenges; it is critical that their access to transportation improves.
Learning Areas:Planning of health education strategies, interventions, and programs
Public health administration or related administration
Public health or related education
Public health or related public policy
Public health or related research
Identify transportation barriers for senior citizens Explain how the need for transportation exceeds available community resources Formulate strategies to enhance existing programs to meet current needs
Keyword(s): Aging, Transportation
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