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:
The paper is based on:
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.