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The Need for Improved Transportation Options for the Elderly and the Elder Advocate's Role

By Ana I. Torres-Davis

Transportation systems in the United States are unprepared for the precipitous growth of the nondriving elderly population. Aging baby boomers, combined with the increased incidence of disability in old age, heighten the need for appropriate transportation services for both rural and urban areas. To call for transportation services for the elderly, advocates must be knowledgeable about transportation options and gaps, barriers to the provision of services, and opportunities for social and policy change through community involvement.

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