Enhancing Mobility in Late Life

Enhancing Mobility in Late Life : Personal Coping, Environmental Resources and Technical Support - The Out-of-home Mobility of Older Adults in Urban and Rural Regions of Five European Countries

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Outdoor mobility in old age is a complex phenomenon. On the one hand, it is a basic human need and means the physical ability to move. On the other, it means the realization of all types of trips out-of-doors, either by foot or by means of transportation. In addition, societal and individual necessities, modern values and economic interests mutually reinforcing each other have resulted in mobility as an ever more important precondition of ensuring the ability to lead an autonomous life and participate actively in society according to one's individual needs. Mobility also promotes healthy ageing, delays the onset of disabilities, and postpones frailty, thereby contributing to subjective well-being and life satisfaction. With advancing age, however, maintaining mobility may become jeopardized because of the increasing risk of physical and sensory impairments.This book includes information on older people's actual out-of-home mobility, on the transportation tools used, the prevalence of typical problems associated with out-of-home mobility, the impact of health, social networks, the home and neighbourhood environments, and psychological aspects on their mobility and activities, differences between urban and non-urban areas, and age and gender differences. In addition, a new model of mobility is suggested and the relation between mobility and quality of life is analysed. The book concludes with implications for social and transport policies, urban planning, and industrial pursuits for meeting the mobility needs of ageing adults.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 340 pages
  • 166 x 244 x 24mm | 762.05g
  • IOS Press
  • IOS Press,US
  • Amsterdam, United States
  • English
  • New.
  • 1
  • 1586035649
  • 9781586035648

Table of contents

The Significance of Out-of-Home Mobility in Modern Society; Background Conditions for Outdoor Mobility in Finland, Germany, Hungary, Italy, and the Netherlands Methodology; Physical Health and Mobility; Transport Behaviour and Realised Journeys and Trips; Health and Leisure Activities; Psychological Aspects of Outdoor Mobility in Later Life; Social Relations and Mobility; Mobility and the Built up Environment; Main Issues of Older People's Out-of-Home Mobility; A New Concept of Out-of-Home Mobility; Mobility and the Quality of Life; The Mobility Rich and Mobility Poor; Summary and Conclusions.show more