Introduction to Senior Transportation: Enhancing Community Mobility and Transportation Services, 1st Edition (Paperback) book cover

Introduction to Senior Transportation

Enhancing Community Mobility and Transportation Services, 1st Edition

By Helen K. Kerschner, Nina M. Silverstein


198 pages | 3 B/W Illus.

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Introduction to Senior Transportation focuses on an issue that is a growing concern—the community mobility needs of older adults. Surpassing the coverage available in existing gerontology textbooks, it enables the reader to understand and appreciate the challenges faced by older adults as they make the transition from driving to using transportation options (many of which were not designed to meet their particular needs). It considers the physical and cognitive limitations of older adult passengers, the family of transportation services, the challenges providers face in meeting the assistance and support needs of senior passengers, and the transportation methods that do and do not currently meet the needs and wants of senior passengers. 

This textbook addresses the educational and professional development needs of faculty, students, and practitioners working in the fields of aging, aging services, and transportation. The book has been class-tested and features innovative, practical learning tools that appeal to students and practitioners. It complements any introductory course in gerontology, human development and aging, or human factors, and will enhance the curriculum of programs in the social behavioral sciences as well as traffic safety, transit engineering, and community planning.


"As the societies of many countries continue to age, there will be an increasing need to better understand the transportation needs of older adults and to apply this knowledge to develop and provide better community mobility options. Written by two of the top experts in the field of senior mobility, this book provides a detailed curriculum to help train the individuals who will be the future leaders in helping older adults stay safely mobile." - David W. Eby, University of Michigan, USA

"A comprehensive textbook on an often overlooked, but crucial, gerontology/geriatrics topic - transportation. The authors provide a combination of wide-ranging information, relevant classroom-based questions, and group and individual activities. Educational use of this book by students and professionals could enable countless older people to maintain their mobility." Michelle M. Porter, University of Manitoba, Canada

Table of Contents

Foreword Dale J. Marisco 1. Welcome to the Study of Senior Transportation: Getting the Most Out of Your Journey 2. An Introduction to Senior Transportation 3. Transitions to Transportation Options 4. The Transportation Family 5. Special Transportation Needs of Older Passengers 6. Strategies for Passengers and Their Caregivers in Using Transportation Options 7. Provider Strategies and Tactics 8. Senior Friendliness in America 9. Volunteer Driver Programs 10. Volunteering and Volunteer Drivers 11. Transportation Service Practices (and Their Older Adult Passengers) 12. Technology and Transportation for Older Adults: Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow 13. Data-Driven Senior Transportation 14. Transportation and Aging Policy: Who Should Care and Why It Matters 15. The Road Ahead

About the Authors

Helen K. Kerschner has more than thirty-five years of experience in health, aging, transportation, and international development. Her career has included positions in university settings, corporate America, the federal government, and nonprofits. She is Director of the National Volunteer Transportation Center of the Community Transportation Association of America, Washington, DC. Formerly, she was President and CEO of the Beverly Foundation, which conducted research, demonstration, and education to foster new ideas and options for enhancing mobility and transportation for today’s and tomorrow’s older population.

Nina M. Silverstein is Professor of Gerontology, University of Massachusetts Boston. She is a Fellow of the Gerontological Society of America and has held leadership roles in that organization, the Association for Gerontology in Higher Education, and the Alzheimer’s Association. She has published on the impact of dementia on home, community, institutional and acute care settings and on a broad range of issues in gerontology. Her primary research interests relate to transportation and aging with a special focus on dementia.

About the Series

Textbooks in Aging

Currently, more than 617 million people are aged 65 and older, accounting for about 8.5% of the world’s population. To enhance students’ understanding of the issues associated with aging, an increasing number of academic programs include a life-span perspective or opt to incorporate consideration of aging processes among the topics they include in the curriculum. The Routledge/Taylor and Francis Textbooks in Aging Series is designed to address the growing need for new educational materials in the field of gerontology. Featuring both full-length and supplemental texts, the series offers cutting-edge interdisciplinary material in gerontology and adult development and aging, with authored or edited volumes by renowned gerontologists who address contemporary topics in a highly readable format. The series features texts covering classic topics in adult development and aging in fresh ways as well as volumes presenting hot topics from emerging research findings. These texts are relevant to courses in human development and family studies, psychology, gerontology, human services, sociology, social work, and health-related fields. Undergraduate or graduate instructors can use these texts by selecting a series volume as a companion to the standard text in an introductory course, by combining several of the series volumes to use as instructional materials in an advanced course, or by assigning one series volume as the primary text for an undergraduate or graduate course or seminar. If you are interested in submitting a proposal for the series please contact Rosemary Blieszner at [email protected] or Karen A. Roberto at [email protected]

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Industrial Health & Safety
TRANSPORTATION / Public Transportation