Seniors in Florida lack plan for transportation once they stop driving

Lisa Wurth

December 5, 2011

Seniors in Florida lack plan for transportation once they stop drivingAccording to a new study from researchers at Florida State University and the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT), many seniors within the state lack a backup plan for transportation once they are no longer able to drive themselves.

Researchers surveyed 900 seniors – one group of people were between the ages of 50 and 64, while the second group were aged 65 and older.

From the data, researchers found that 92 percent of the first group and 83 percent of the second group had no transportation plan set in place for retirement. Nearly 23 percent of total respondents just assumed that family members, friends or neighbors would drive them around once they weren't safe to drive themselves, while nearly 30 percent of all surveyed admitted that they never really thought about the issue.

For many seniors, driving is seen as one of their last freedoms, as is aging in place. Although more of the elderly population are living longer, it's important to stay safe. Those who continue to drive should get their vision tested every year to ensure they're capable, while elderly people living independently may want to install a medical alert system. These devices allow seniors to keep their freedom, while having the security to call for help in an instant.  

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