7 Services Expanding Mobility for Aging Americans
More than one in five older Americans cannot drive, due to factors such as declining health, poor eyesight or lack of access to a private auto. Many also have difficulty reaching and using public transit, and options such as paratransit are not always available. As a result, these seniors end up isolated -- unable to make it to needed medical appointments, run errands or visit with family and friends.
At the same time, Americans are living longer and retiring later. The population of U.S. residents over the age of 65 is expected to skyrocket from 40 million to 88 million by 2050, threatening to put even greater strain on existing resources.
Yet, believe it or not, the future is also looking hopeful. A variety of shared mobility services have recently launched with a focus on serving the specific needs of elderly passengers.