Monday, January 23, 2012

Profile of seniors’ transportation statistics

Transportation is a big issue for many seniors. Getting to and from appointments, accessing goods and finding services is crucial.

This study included those seniors living in private residences.
Seniors make up about 13.7% of the population. According to the 2009 study, 22% of people over age 65 lived outside metropolitan areas compared to 20% of people ages 45 - 64. More older men than women drive.

Chronic care issues limit the ability of seniors to take care of their activities of daily living (ADL).


Table 1 Proportion of people aged 65 and over with a driver's licence, who drove a vehicle in the previous month and for whom driving was the main form of transportation, by selected characteristics, 2009Table 1 Proportion of people aged 65 and over with a driver's licence, who drove a vehicle in the previous month and for whom driving was the main form of transportation, by selected characteristics, 2009


It is easier to provide care and health services at a senior’s home in an urban environment than a rural one. There are more neighbours, and the time for professionals to drive between clients is less.

In Canada, the majority of people live in a single-family home, and this is also the case for seniors. However, the proportion of seniors living in this type of dwelling is substantially lower among older age groups. In 2009, 53% of people aged 85 and over lived in a single-family home, compared with 71% of people aged 75 to 84, 70% of people aged 65 to 74 and 75% of people aged 55 to 64.

Chart box Elderly people aged 75 and over are slightly less likely to live in a highly car-dependant neighbourhood
These statistics are reflected in the residential density of the neighbourhoods where the oldest seniors live. The proportion of people aged 85 or older who lived in a high residential density neighbourhood—that is, the neighbourhood category with the highest proportion of apartment dwellers—was 31%. By comparison, the proportion was 21% in the 65-to-74 age group.





Profile of seniors’ transportation habits

by Martin Turcotte

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