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Title: How can transport provision and associated built environment infrastructure be enhanced and developed to support the mobility needs of individuals as they age?
Author(s): Ormerod, Marcus
Newton, Rita
Phillips, Judith
Musselwhite, Charles
McGee, Shauna
Russell, Rachel
Citation: Ormerod M, Newton R, Phillips J, Musselwhite C, McGee S & Russell R (2015) How can transport provision and associated built environment infrastructure be enhanced and developed to support the mobility needs of individuals as they age?. Government Office for Science. London.
Issue Date: Mar-2015
Publisher: Government Office for Science
Abstract: First paragraph: Mobility touches every aspect of most of our lives. Restrictions on our mobility are perceived as a loss of freedom, and we seek wherever possible to regain that mobility, or replace it with other forms of mobility. While we immediately think of physical mobility, virtual mobility is increasingly becoming another world that we inhabit and move around in. Older people, however, are the most likely to experience mobility deprivation. The need to be mobile and to travel is related to psychological well-being in older age, and a reduction in mobility can lead to an increase in isolation, loneliness and depression and overall a poorer quality of life. Mobility is important to older people. There are also benefits to society as a whole in increasing travel for older people, including the economic benefits of older people spending more in shops, of them looking after grandchildren, undertaking voluntary work, and carrying out other caring responsibilities. In order to develop a framework of the mobility of people as they age, we formulated a set of guiding principles that underpin this Evidence Review. These principles are drawn from current thinking in applied gerontology in the many differing fields that cover mobility issues and represent a shift from individual discipline-based silo thinking to person-centred thinking that attempts to cross traditional disciplinary boundaries.
Type: Research Report
Rights: © Crown copyright 2015 This publication is licensed under the terms of the Open Government Licence v3.0 except where otherwise stated. To view this licence, visit or write to the Information Policy Team, The National Archives, Kew, London TW9 4DU, or email: Where we have identified any third party copyright information you will need to obtain permission from the copyright holders concerned. This publication available from
Affiliation: University of Salford
University of Salford
Swansea University
Swansea University
Swansea University
University of Salford

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