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Mobility impairments among the elderly in rural areas of Germany

Giesel, Flemming (2014) Mobility impairments among the elderly in rural areas of Germany. Ageing and Safe Mobility Conference, 2014-11-27 - 2014-11-28, Bergisch-Gladbach.

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Demographic change is one important trend in western societies. Many developed countries are characterized by declining fertility rates in combination with rising longevity. Fur-thermore, the baby boomer generation has started to retire, so the growing demographic group of the elderly becomes more and more important. Under these circumstances, mobility issues become very important. Especially for older peo-ple daily outdoor activities are essential not only to maintain physical competence but also for the participation in social and cultural life. With rising age, the physical competence decreases more and more. In this context, gender differences need to be considered. Compared to men, older women are more affected by physical limitations. Hence, the objective of this study is an in-depth analysis of the travel behaviour of elderly people taking into account mobilty impairments using the example of Germany. The empiri-cal analysis is based on the representative Germany-wide mobility survey “Mobility in Germany 2008” (funded by the Federal Ministry of Transport, Building and Urban Affairs). Findings show that the travel behaviour of elder people depends on age, gender and by the presence of mobilty impairments. Especially mobilty-impaired older women (75+) experience limitations in their mobility. So spatial and transport planning have to consider the various types of travel behaviour of this heterogeneous group. Keywords: elderly people, travel behaviour, mobility impairments, disability, Germany.

Item URL in elib:https://elib.dlr.de/93657/
Document Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Speech)
Title:Mobility impairments among the elderly in rural areas of Germany
AuthorsInstitution or Email of AuthorsAuthor's ORCID iDORCID Put Code
Date:27 November 2014
Refereed publication:Yes
Open Access:Yes
Gold Open Access:No
In ISI Web of Science:No
Keywords:Mobility, Mobility Impairments, Elderly People, Rural Area, Germany
Event Title:Ageing and Safe Mobility Conference
Event Location:Bergisch-Gladbach
Event Type:international Conference
Event Start Date:27 November 2014
Event End Date:28 November 2014
Organizer:Bundesanstalt für Straßenwesen (BASt)
HGF - Research field:Aeronautics, Space and Transport
HGF - Program:Transport
HGF - Program Themes:Transport System
DLR - Research area:Transport
DLR - Program:V VS - Verkehrssystem
DLR - Research theme (Project):V - Verkehrsentwicklung und Umwelt II (old)
Location: Berlin-Adlershof
Institutes and Institutions:Institute of Transport Research > Passenger Transport
Deposited By: Giesel, Flemming
Deposited On:09 Jan 2015 10:42
Last Modified:24 Apr 2024 19:59

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