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Transportation

Ensuring older adults are able to access reliable means of transportation is important for ensuring they can remain engaged in their communities as they age. Supporting this may include efforts to keep older drivers safe behind the wheel, or making sure that safe and accessible public transportation options are available. It also includes keeping older adults safe as pedestrians and cyclists. Learn more about transportation programs and services that aim to support older adults in our resources below.

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    Older adults advised to walk more briskly

    HealthLine
    Walking more quickly may help you stay healthy as you age. Even just going for a brisk ten minute walk every day might improve your overall health. A brisk walk means that you will feel warm and be breathing a little faster than normal.
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    Restricted driver’s licences reduce traffic crashes and traffic violations for older drivers

    Transportation Research Part A: Policy and Practice (2017)
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    Driving-cessation support groups can help drivers with dementia who lost their driving privileges

    International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry (2017)
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    Increased age, health conditions, and driving confidence associated with older adults self-regulating their driving

    Journals of Gerontology Series B: Psychological Sciences and Social Sciences (2016)
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    Age-friendly community dimensions

    Government of Ontario
    Age-friendly communities are accessible and promote health aging in many different ways. Learn about the benefits and features that make a city age-friendly, such as accessible buildings, appropriate housing and multiple transportation options.
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    Seniors Transportation: Affordable, appropriate and available

    Office of the Senior Advocate BC
    This report can be used as a guide for seniors who are looking for alternative transportation methods and their loved ones who are exploring options such as walking, taxis, public transit and volunteer driver programs. Recommendations for the future of accessible transportation are also provided.
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    8 ways to thrive in old age

    Fraser Health
    There are many ways to stay healthy during old age and this resource describes 8 ways you can start making changes in your life. Some of these include exercising, eating a balanced diet, learning a new language, volunteering, staying social and getting in touch with your spiritual side.
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    Thinking About Your Future? Plan Now To Age In Place

    Government of Alberta
    This resource guides reflection and planning for aging at your home based on your personal concerns such as health, transportation, finances and social services.
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    Plan your future today - Live the life you want tomorrow

    Employment and Social Development Canada
    This resource shares videos to help older adults feasibly plan for social and support services as well as home adjustments to help them live independently in their community.
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    Our Story - Creating Vibrant, Health Communities

    Seniors Transportation: Access and Resources (STAR)
    Seniors Transportation Access & Resources was created to support local transportation solutions for the elderly. Access this resource for the organization’s evaluation report.
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    Accessible Transportation – Policy and Advocacy

    Seniors Transportation: Access and Resources (STAR)
    Seniors Transportation Access & Resources was created to support local transportation solutions for the elderly. Read this resource for information on the organization’s policy and what they advocate for.
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    Road Safety in Canada

    Transport Canada
    Read this booklet to learn more about road safety and how to adopt safer driving behavior. Major road safety topics include: seat belt and child restraint use, at-risk drivers (young / novice, vulnerable or medically at-risk) and different types of dangerous driving (alcohol- and drug-impaired, aggressive and distracted driving).
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    The lazy person's guide to saving the world

    United Nations: Sustainable Development goals
    The Sustainable Development Goals can be achieved with the help of everyday people! Here are some things that you can do from your couch, your home, your neighbourhood, and workplace, to make the world a better place!
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    Community Support Services

    Canadian Red Cross
    Use this resource to learn about the many services that the Canadian Red Cross provides seniors in the community. Services relating to nutrition support, social engagement, safety, transportation and supportive housing are described.
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    Age-Friendly Alberta

    Government of Alberta
    Learn how Alberta is working towards becoming an age-friendly province by implementing more programs that encourage accessibility and promote an inclusive community. Explore which changes are being made to transportation, housing, community services and recreation for seniors.
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    What does it take to become an Age-Friendly Community?

    Government of Alberta
    Learn how Alberta is working towards becoming an age-friendly province by implementing more programs that encourage seniors to participate and contribute to their community. Explore which changes are already being made to transportation, housing, community services and recreation for seniors in the city of Calgary.
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    Rural Aging in Place Toolkit

    Rural Health Information Hub
    Seniors that live in rural communities often face difficulties when aging in place. This tool kit is a complete guide to implementing age-friendly communities and aging in place programs.
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    Senior drivers

    Government of BC
    If you are driving your own car and are above the age of 80, you must be examined by your doctor to ensure you are still able to drive and complete a driver’s medical examination report every 2 years. When the time comes for you to retire from driving, this resource also helps you find alternative modes of transportation.
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    Driving and transportation for seniors

    Fraser Health
    Driving your own car can become difficult with age and it is important to be aware of alternative transportation modes that can be used. If you are unable to drive independently, some options include public transit, carpooling, taxis and volunteer driver programs.
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    An Affordable Alternative for Older Adults Who Can’t Drive

    Aging Care
    Senior drivers can be a risk for other drivers on the road or even pedestrians if appropriate safety measures are not taken. Use this resource to learn how to plan for senior transportation financially and how to approach seniors about this topic.
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    Finding Transportation Services for Seniors

    Aging Care
    With so many options available for different needs, finding the right alternative transportation mode can be hard for seniors. This resource simplifies all your options in order to understand the advantages and limitations of each choice.
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    Are elderly drivers at a greater risk for the roads and should they be prohibited from driving? New study says “No.”

    SeniorsZen
    Senior drivers can be a risk for other drivers on the road or even pedestrians if appropriate safety measures are not taken. This resource advocates for senior drivers by stating that removing the independence achieved from driving on their own can lead to social isolation and depression.
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    How do I get special needs transportation?

    Settlement.Org
    If you require special accommodations in order to get around, use this resource to see if you are eligible for such programs in Ontario.
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    Get out of town!

    Seniors Transportation: Access and Resources (STAR)
    If you are a senior who wants to discover new ways to get out of town and enjoy the great outdoors with friends and family, use this resource to learn about your options when it comes to transportation. If you live if British Columbia, explore your options such as park buses, ferries, carpooling and long distance buses and trains.
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    What Seniors Need To Know About Ride Sharing

    Aging in place
    Ride sharing is a convenient mode of transportation for seniors who do not feel comfortable driving on their own. Use this resource to learn the benefits of ride sharing and how to choose the best ride share program that fits our needs.
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    Personal Transportation for Seniors

    Senior living
    If driving your own car is becoming too difficult, use this resource to learn about your transportation options. Learn about the questions you should ask and some apps you can use in order to ensure that you are using the best available mode of transportation for your needs.
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    Walkers for Seniors

    Senior living
    If you are a senior who is looking to buy of start using a walker in order to get around, this resource describes the many kinds of walkers that can simplify your life. Before buying a walker, make sure you understand which type is best for you and check if you are covered under insurance for this purchase.
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    Driving Retirement

    British Columbia Family & Social Supports
    Seniors may find it difficult to realize when the time comes to retire from driving. Planning ahead and considering your options by using this resource can make this transition easier.
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    Carpooling and Car Sharing

    British Columbia Family & Social Supports
    If you are a senior who has recently given up driving your own car, carpooling may be an appropriate and accessible transportation option for your needs. Use this resource to learn more about carpooling and car sharing programs and find links to programs if you live in British Columbia.
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    Walking and Cycling

    British Columbia Family & Social Supports
    If you are a senior who has recently given up driving or if you are simply looking for alternative modes of transportation, consider walking or cycling to get around. These methods of transportation are both good for the environment and encourage an active lifestyle, which is important for seniors.
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    Walking Groups and Resources

    Seniors Transportation: Access and Resources (STAR)
    If you are a senior who is looking to get more active while enjoying some fresh air, consider joining a walking group. Walking is perfect for those who cannot commit to more vigorous exercise and can connect you with people. Use this resource to learn the benefits of walking as exercise and find groups you can join in the Vancouver area.
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    Carsharing

    Seniors Transportation: Access and Resources (STAR)
    If you are a senior who is looking for alternative modes of transportation, consider using a carshare program. Use this resource to learn the benefits of care sharing and choose the best care share company for your needs.
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    Cycling and Triking

    Seniors Transportation: Access and Resources (STAR)
    Seniors who are still physically capable of biking should also consider triking as a fun way of getting around and integrating exercise into their life. If you are new to the idea of using tricycles, this resource describes the many advantages and some risks of using tricycles in order to help you decide if this option can work for you.
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    A Guide to Aging in Place

    Caring.com
    If you are considering aging in place or need help caring for a senior, use this resource to start planning for your loved one’s care. This resource describes different care options, alternate transportation services, smart home technologies and home modifications that can help when caring for a senior.
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    Seniors and driving

    Comfort Life
    As seniors have more difficulty driving, technologies that help with accessibility and navigation are becoming more popular. Use this resource to learn more about the innovative solutions to safe senior driving.
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    Cognitive Testing For Senior Drivers in Ontario

    Comfort Life
    Learn about new Ontario regulations for drivers over the age of 80. The knowledge test has been replaced with two simple screening exercises that test for cognitive impairments.
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    When Should A Senior Stop Driving

    Aging in place
    Every senior must ensure that they are still fit to drive by learning to notice the warning signs for dangerous driving. If you suspect that a senior you know is at risk for dangerous driving, use this resource to learn how to approach them.
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    When is it time to hang up the keys?

    Seniors Transportation: Access and Resources (STAR)
    Seniors may have a hard time driving as their cognitive and visual abilities decline with age. Use this resource to evaluate if you are still fit to be driving and start planning for alternate forms of transportation.
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    Hanging up the car keys

    Seniors Transportation: Access and Resources (STAR)
    If you are unsure if you should be driving due to safety concerns, consider using this resource to help you in the decision making process. Learn about your options regarding retiring your license or alternate transportation services if you live in British Columbia.
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    Planning your transportation future

    Seniors Transportation: Access and Resources (STAR)
    If you are a senior who is concerned about how they are going to get around in the future, use this resource to learn your options. Alternate form of transportation include public transit, cycling, walking, shuttles, carpooling etc.
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    Travelling with a mobility aid

    Canadian Transportation Agency
    If you require a mobility aid to travel, use this resource to prepare accordingly and make the necessary plans before the trip to ensure you are prepared. Learn how the Canadian Transportation Agency can help make your trip more accessible.
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    Travelling with a service animal

    Canadian Transportation Agency
    If you require a service animal to travel, use this resource to prepare accordingly and make the necessary plans before the trip to ensure you are prepared. Learn how the Canadian Transportation Agency and airports can help make your trip more accessible.
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    Aging and Driving: Ontario’s Licence Renewal Program for Drivers Age 80 and Above

    Ontario Ministry of Transportation
    Use this resource as a guide to safe driving during old age and learn about your strengths as a senior driver. In order to ensure safe driving, every senior must assess their own limitations and ability level.
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    Purchasing or adapting a vehicle for a person with a mobility impairment

    Société de l'assurance automobile Québec
    If you have a mobility impairment and live in Québec, you can get reimbursed for adapting your vehicle for more accessible driving. Use this resource for more information on the conditions of this program.
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    Senior drivers and their caregivers

    Société de l'assurance automobile Québec
    If you are a caregiver who is noticing signs of unsafe driving from a senior, use this resource to help you identify if there is a need for intervention. Tips for changes in driving habits for seniors are also included.
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    Road safety is for all ages

    Société de l'assurance automobile Québec
    Seniors can use this resource a guide for all things related to safe driving and accessible transportation options. Road safety tips for pedestrians and cyclists are also provided.
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    Health in the driver's seat

    Société de l'assurance automobile Québec
    Use this resource to ensure you are still a safe driver and are not posing a risk to other drivers on the road. Consider using alternate transportation options such as public transportation or carpooling with family members.
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    Getting Around In Your Community

    Finding Balance
    Seniors may have more trouble getting around in their community and must be more careful when walking on sidewalks in the winter. This resource also gives tips for seniors using public transport and general road safety advice.
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    Transportation for Older People & Disabled Drivers

    Elder Care ABC blog
    Use this resource to learn about your options for safe transportation and cars that are suitable for every type of older driver.
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    Public transit

    British Columbia Family & Social Supports
    If you are over 65 years old and live in British Columbia, you qualify for a senior discount on public transit. Learn about your options when it comes to transportation and find information for disability accommodations as well.
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    Driver Safety

    British Columbia Family & Social Supports
    Although seniors are experienced drivers, age-related challenges may alter their driving abilities. This webpage shares many resources and services to help seniors on the road and ensure that they are being safe.
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    Driving Your Own Vehicle

    British Columbia Family & Social Supports
    Driving during old age poses safety concerns for everyone in the car and there comes a time when seniors must evaluate their our driving capacities. This web page offers many resources for seniors who are considering their options, such as driving retirement, driver fitness tests and discounts for senior drivers.
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    Living at home as you get older

    Better Health Channel
    For some seniors, living at home as long as possible is important for their mental health. Use this resource to learn ways you can maintain independence when it comes to transportation and taking care of yourself.
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    Driving Safety and Alzheimer's Disease

    National Institute on Aging
    Consider using this resource if you or someone you love has Alzheimer’s Disease and is still driving. Driving can become unsafe if the driver becomes more prone to accidents and finding other options for transportation is recommended in this case.
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    Older Drivers

    National Institute on Aging
    If you are a senior who is still driving, consider using this resource to evaluate if driving is still a safe option for you. Learn about the factors that may impair your driving in older age and alternative options to help you get around.
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    Benefits of Hiring In-Home Care for an Older Adult

    Aging Care
    Hiring home care staff can help older adults become more independent by completing household tasks, travelling safely and overcoming isolation.
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    You Gave, Now Save Guide to Benefits

    National Council on Aging (US)
    Use this guide as a general guide for seniors and learn about housing assistance, transportation, food assistance, health and prescription information and many other subjects related to senior wellbeing. Links to other websites are also provided.
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    ARCHIVED: Section IV: Age-Friendly Rural and Remote Communities – Checklist of Age-Friendly Features

    Public Health Agency of Canada (aging & seniors)
    This resource shares a list of features to make communities more age-friendly. Consider changing outdoor spaces, transport, housing and community services to help the elderly.
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    Thinking about aging in place

    Health Canada
    Plan to live in your community by making changes to your home. Consider moving to a community with social support, services, transport and other aging-related needs.
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    Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities: First Report of Canada

    Council of Canadians with Disabilities (CCD)
    This resource explains the what the government is doing to protect the rights of persons with disabilities. Use the table of contents to find the laws, policies and program created to protect these rights in each Canadian province and territory.
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    Smart technologies to help you behind the wheel

    Automotive technologies are evolving rapidly. New so-called ‘smart’ technologies facilitating driving have emerged and are now increasingly available in vehicles. But what does research tell us about the impact of these smart technologies on older drivers?
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    Walking: An age-old strategy to boost your health

    As you get older, getting from one place to another can be a challenge. To put you on the road to better health, invest in a sturdy pair of shoes and use the power of your own two feet to get you to where you need to be.
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    How do we know when it’s time for someone to hang up the car keys?

    While policies such as in-person licence renewal and medical reporting of potentially unfit drivers showed some statistically significant benefits for older driver safety, the relative impact was modest. There is no magic policy regarding licensing of older drivers to make the roads safe, and a concerted approach to improve road safety is required.

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