A new study published by The Conference Board of Canada urges that a lack of affordable transportation alternatives poses significant risk for Canada’s rapidly aging, car-dependent population.
The study finds that driving remains the primary mode of transportation for a large majority of Canadian adults, including seniors. Among seniors aged 65 to 74, 68% reported driving as their main mode of transportation. At age 85 or older, 31% remain reliant on their personal vehicle. The report urges that given high dependency on cars, some seniors may continue to drive even as their physical and mental health deteriorates. In fact, of the population surveyed, more than one in five seniors who had been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease or dementia drove in the previous month and 17% reported driving as their main form of transport.
Canada’s rapidly-aging population poses significant transportation risks and challenges. Gaps in the availability and appropriateness of alternative modes of transport make it difficult for seniors to get around – and can be a significant barrier to their participation in exercise or social programs outside of the home. Ensuring that our transportation systems support the mobility and respects the rights and dignity of seniors is absolutely imperative as the population ages.
Where does Mulmer Services fit into the transportation equation? At present, MSL provides a multitude of specialized accessible services to a number of retirement residences and hospitals across the GTA. On a daily basis, we safely transport hundreds of seniors to local shopping malls, grocery stores, and recreation facilities. We also charter our accessible vehicles to senior’s residences and churches for day trips to local museums, restaurants, etc!