Transport patterns in community-dwelling adults aged 50 years and over in Ireland

Authors: Donoghue, O., Orr, J., Leahy,s. & Kenny, R.A.

Source: TILDA & RSA
Copyright © The Irish Longitudinal Study on Ageing 2017

A new report launched by The Irish Longitudinal Study on Ageing (TILDA) at Trinity College Dublin and supported by the Road Safety Authority shows that most older adults rely on cars for transport, as opposed to public transport. It details major differences in the use of public transport between Dublin residents and those living in rural Ireland and reports a serious level of dissatisfaction with rural public transport amongst the over 50s living outside Dublin.

The report details how patterns of transport use change with increasing age and highlights the importance of accessibility to quality transport options for social participation, mental health and wellbeing. The report authors suggest that as the population ages, there is an increasing need for improved transport networks and services that meet the needs of older adults, especially in rural areas.

  • 58% of adults aged 50 and over living in rural areas rate the public transport services in their area as poor or very poor
  • Report authors stress need for improved transport networks that meet the needs of older people, especially in rural areas.
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