17 Jun '11, 4pm

Older Americans could be stranded without better transit

Older Americans could be stranded without better transit

It's not just a bus. It can mean freedom, connection, and independence. Photo: Lynn Friedman Earlier this week, Transportation for America released a report called "Aging in Place: Stuck Without Options ." It looks at how as the enormous baby boom generation gets older -- the way all of us do, until we die, that is -- access to transit is going to be a bigger and bigger problem. Most people these days, the report points out, want to get old where they are currently living rather than move to a retirement community. "Aging in place" is what the demographers call it. But aging in place is hard to do successfully and happily in communities that are built exclusively around the automobile. This is a problem. Not just for older people who want to stay in the communities they know and love even if they are no longer able to drive, or can't afford the expense of a car on a fixed ...

Full article: http://www.grist.org/transportation/2011-06-17-older-amer...

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