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Older people in Wales, their transport and mobility: A literature review

Gill Windle (Centre for Social Policy Research and Development, The Institute of Medical and Social Care Research, University of Wales, Bangor)
Vanessa Burholt (Centre for Social Policy Research and Development, The Institute of Medical and Social Care Research, University of Wales, Bangor)

Quality in Ageing and Older Adults

ISSN: 1471-7794

Article publication date: 1 August 2003

Abstract

Older people are reported to be the largest group to suffer from mobility deprivation. This paper reviews the literature relating to the mobility of older people in the context of transport opportunities and provision. The findings show that older people regard car ownership as an aid to independence and mobility. Car ownership is considered the norm and a necessity in rural areas. However within Wales, older people are more likely to be on a low income and live in a rural area, and are less likely to have a car than the rest of the population. Mobility, hearing and visual problems have a higher prevalence in the older population, rendering the use of public transport problematic. Difficulties include problems with getting on and off buses, difficulties with reading passenger information, missing information and communicating with service personnel. Improved access to public transport for older and disabled people can make a major contribution to the financial and social independence of this large and growing sector of the population (TRL Project Report, 1994) and will further promote the social inclusion of older people into society.

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Windle, G. and Burholt, V. (2003), "Older people in Wales, their transport and mobility: A literature review", Quality in Ageing and Older Adults, Vol. 4 No. 2, pp. 28-35. https://doi.org/10.1108/14717794200300011

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