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, 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 1 The difference between men and women with a driver's licence is greatest among those 85 and over
Chart 2 In New Brunswick, Manitoba and Saskatchewan, about 4 out of 5 men aged 85 and over have a driver's licence
by Martin Turcotte
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- A large majority of seniors drive cars
- What you should know about this study
- Where seniors live and how this affects their day-to-day travel
- Senior women in Quebec and Newfoundland and Labrador drive less
- Even in the most densely populated neighbourhoods, senior men prefer to drive
- Having visual limitations does not always mean an end to driving
- More than one-quarter of seniors with Alzheimer’s disease or another form of dementia had a licence
- Relatively few seniors use public transit
- Accessible transit and taxis are seldom used before age 85
- Access to transportation and seniors’ social participation