Monday, December 9, 2019

Environmental Scan of Ride Share Services Available for Older Adults

Older adults (65+ years of age) in the United States travel primarily in privately owned vehicles, and they are most often the driver. This dependence on driving can pose both safety and mobility concerns for older adults. Older drivers, particularly those aged 75+ years, have higher crash death rates than drivers aged 35-54 years primarily due to increased vulnerability to injury in a crash. Age-related declines in vision and cognitive functioning, as well as physical changes, might affect some older adults’ driving abilities. There is a need to identify alternative transportation options that can improve safe mobility for older adults. 

To address this issue, CDC funded a study, resulting in a white paper titled “Environmental Scan of Ride Share Services Available for Older Adults.” The paper explores the potential for ride share services to promote older adult health and well-being by improving safe mobility. It was recently released by NORC at the University of Chicago and the Independent Transportation Network of America (ITNAmerica). 

The paper has three objectives: 

  • Describe ride share services in the U.S., including services specifically for older adults
  • Describe the characteristics of older adults using one ride share service based on an analysis of more than 20 years of data in 27 U.S. locations
  • Explore factors that affect older adults’ use of ride share services

The paper is based on:

  • A targeted review of literature
  • Interviews with ride share services and other stakeholders
  • Ride share data from two transportation databases 

Download the white paper here and share with your networks to help them better understand the potential for ride share services to improve mobility for older adults.   

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