Living and Moving in 2021: Developing Strategic Education Materials to Prepare for the Mobility and Safety of an Aging Society

The nation's driver population is aging. The fastest growing portion of the American population is 50+. As the baby boomers turn 60 nearly every seven seconds, numbering almost 80 million people, this population is the first generation that is truly the automobile society. As they age, their continued dependence on the car for mobility and independence will be crucial to their health, wellness and overall quality of life. Although the aging driver is not new, this population will have a number of novel features, they are likely to make more trips, include more women, be more technology savvy and greater seekers of education that will empower them to make the right decisions and the right time. Although the older driver issue has been a research, policy and education topic for at least sixty years, there has never been a single body of global thought leaders, practitioners, researchers, educators and recognized experts dedicated to ensuring that the best thinking is available and translated into driver education programs, outreach and curriculum. This work leverages the creation of the National Older Drivers Safety Advisory Council at MIT to assemble a comprehensive volume on the future of older adult mobility in the United States, related safety issues and how lifelong mobility education might improve safety and mobility throughout the lifespan.


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    • Status: Active
    • Funding: $95000.00
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    • Sponsor Organizations:

      Research and Innovative Technology Administration

      Department of Transportation
      1200 New Jersey Avneue, SE
      Washington, DC  United States  20590
    • Performing Organizations:

      New England University Transportation Center

      Massachusetts Institute of Technology
      77 Massachusetts Avenue, Room 40-279
      Cambridge, MA  United States  01239
    • Principal Investigators:

      Coughlin, Joseph

    • Start Date: 20060901
    • Expected Completion Date: 0
    • Actual Completion Date: 20070831
    • Source Data: RiP Project 19609

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    Filing Info

    • Accession Number: 01459746
    • Record Type: Research project
    • Source Agency: New England University Transportation Center
    • Contract Numbers: DTRS99-G-0001, MITE19-15
    • Files: UTC, RiP, USDOT
    • Created Date: Jan 3 2013 1:11PM