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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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    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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    Corporate Publications

    Transportation Safety Board of Canada
    This resource is a portal to the multiple annual reports to parliament. This involves quarterly financial reports, strategic plans, departmental plans, and more.
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    International Collaboration

    Transportation Safety Board of Canada
    The Transportation Safety Board of Canada respond to transportation occurrences anywhere in the country. Even when Canadians or entities are not involved in an occurrence, the board participates in foreign investigations. Read this resource for information about their mandate, members, and policy.
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    The Transportation Safety Board (TSB) of Canada – Mandate

    Transportation Safety Board of Canada
    The TSB addresses the safety of transportation tools like ships, trains, and airplanes in Canada. The TSB remains impartial from other organizations, and makes recommendations to the government. Use this tool to learn about how the TSB differs from organizations like the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) or Transport Canada in the transportation field.
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    Transparency

    Transportation Safety Board of Canada
    The TSB makes all of its documents available to the public through the internet. Use this resource to find its business reports. You can also request information related to their work by submitting a request form via mail. Find the instructions of the procedure in this resource.
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    Marine

    Transportation Safety Board of Canada
    Use this resource to learn about the key safety issues in Canada’s marine transportation system. This resource contains links to issue reports, facts, and recommendations.
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    Rail

    Transportation Safety Board of Canada
    Use this resource to learn about the key safety issues in Canada’s rail transportation system. This resource contains links to issue reports, facts, and recommendations.
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    TSB News Releases

    Transportation Safety Board of Canada
    Access this resource for a portal to the news release in chronological order by the Transportation Safety Board of Canada.
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    About the TSB

    Transportation Safety Board of Canada
    The Transportation Safety Board of Canada respond to transportation occurrences anywhere in the country. Read this resource for information about their mandate, members, and policy.
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    A Career with the TSB

    Transportation Safety Board of Canada
    The Transportation Safety Board of Canada investigates marine, pipeline, railway, and aviation transportation occurrences. Read this information for information about a career with the board.
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    Air

    Transportation Safety Board of Canada
    Use this resource to learn about the key safety issues in Canada’s air transportation system. This resource contains links to issue reports, facts, and recommendations.
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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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    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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    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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