How Older Americans Will Get Around

A recent study shows that a majority of the population of Americans over age 65, will live in suburban settings and be increasingly dependent on cars to get around.
August 10, 2003, 9am PDT | Connie Chung
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"Older Americans--the majority of whom live in suburbs--will be ever more dependent on cars, increasing the potential for isolation and deadly accidents," according to a new report by the Center on Urban and Metropolitan Policy at the Brookings Institution. "The report concludes that transportation alternatives will need to be funded as America ages, and also that suburban neighborhoods should be redesigned so residents can walk to stores and restaurants more." Rather than suggesting that older Americans relocate to city centers, the authors suggest the pedestrian-friendly redesign of suburban settings and sensitive landuse strategies to accomodate the anticipated needs of a growing senior population.

Thanks to Connie Chung

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Published on Friday, August 8, 2003 in The Boston Globe
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