AARP's Public Policy Institute just released a report entitled How the Travel Patterns of Older Adults Are Changing: Highlights fr.... The study compares travel patterns from 2001 to 2009 and reaches a variety of interesting conclusions: older adults, like the population at large, are taking fewer trips and traveling fewer miles; and the use of public transportation is on the rise. But I think the most staggering conclusion is that the number of older non-drivers increased by 1.1 million over the eight-year period - not because the incidence rose but simply due to population growth in this age cohort.
The authors propose a number of policy solutions to address transportation challenges that older adults face, including the creation of "complete streets," support for public transportation, and growth in volunteer transportation services. I'd be interested to learn if others have noticed an increase in transportation challenges for older adults, and what programs or policies have been adopted locally to tackle the issue.