Driving Cessation amongst Canada’s Older Adults Living in Rural and Small Urban Communities

Authors: Bruce Newbold*, McMaster University
Topics: Transportation Geography, Population Geography, Canada
Keywords: automobility; driving; cessation; Canada;
Session Type: Paper
Day: 4/10/2018
Start / End Time: 2:40 PM / 4:20 PM
Room: Poydras, Sheraton, 3rd Floor
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While policy makers have long recognized the impact of an aging population on Canada’s health care and national pension plans, the automobility of older adults has received less attention. Driving cessation, often due to poor or declining health or eyesight, is particularly troublesome, potentially leading to social isolation. For policy makers to respond effectively to transportation-related impacts of an aging population, they must understand the changing travel behaviours as cessation is approached and completed. This paper will explore the automobility behaviours of Canada's aging population and how it changes according to their specific needs, relative location, and stage in the life course as they age through retirement and approach and complete driving cessation. In particular, it will focus on older adults in rural and small urban areas where transportation alternatives are more limited and reliance on the car is greater, shifting the focus of discussion away from larger urban areas. Analysis will use mixed methods, including analysis of nationally representative data sets and qualitative interviews.

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