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Mission:

Provide leadership and serve as a catalyst in enhancing the mobility of the senior population statewide.

Vision:

Provide support and expertise in the transportation issues statewide to improve safety and mobility of the senior population.

Transportation:

Mobility is a quality of life and transportation provides the vital link between the home and a community designed for all ages. Mobility is essential for independent living and allows access to the needed services and activities. Community support and services, however, are only beneficial if there is safe and efficient transportation for those who need them. Transportation needs are unique and different for each person; therefore, no single solution can meet all the mobility needs of Florida's senior population, and a variety of services is necessary to effectively meet the need.

The Safe and Mobile Seniors Web site provides information to Florida seniors on every aspect of transportation, in an effort to improve the safety and mobility of our mature citizens. This Web site is a reference of available programs and resources for mature drivers, senior resource centers, area agencies on aging, Community Traffic Safety Coordinators, safety councils, emergency road service agencies, and any others interested in mobility and safety issues for mature drivers... a "one stop shop" for the information you need, and a location where agencies and organizations can provide updates on transportation related programs and activities aimed at seniors.

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Florida Dementia Friendly Transportation Research Project

The Florida Alzheimer’s Disease Initiative, including its state-sponsored memory disorder clinics and the Alzheimer’s Disease Advisory Committee, has been actively engaged since the early 1990s in addressing the transportation challenges posed by individuals with dementia. Various efforts by key stakeholders, including steps to monitor research developments and establish policy positions on these issues, have put Florida at the forefront of program development in this emerging area.

With a half-million residents estimated as having probable dementia and one-fourth of its licensed drivers age 60 or older, Florida must look carefully at the continuum of senior transportation issues for this special-needs population. Research conducted for the Department of Elder Affairs has examined realistic options that caregivers and family members can and should consider for their loved ones when facing the challenges of drivers with dementia.

Read the Report (6/30/10)

Initial Dementia Report (2008)

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Transportation Issues:

  • Ability to Drive
  • Liability Concerns of Volunteers
  • Available Transportation
  • Flexible Transportation
  • Affordable Transportation
  • Accessible Transportation
  • Adequate Transportation
  • Funding Sources

The Promising Approaches for Promoting Lifelong Community Mobility guide (PDF, 1.29 MB), developed by the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute (UMTRI) under the sponsorship of AARP, highlights programs and initiatives considered to hold promise for enhancing the safety and mobility of older adults across the nation.  Areas covered in the guide include driver screening and assessment, education and training, vehicle design and advanced technology, roadway design, transitioning from driving, transportation coordination, and alternative transportation options.

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Walkability/Pedestrian Safety - Online Resources

Thunderhead Alliance: A national coalition of state and local bicycle and pedestrian advocacy organizations. Thunderhead’s National Complete the Streets Campaign has the goal of assisting organizations win complete streets state and local policies and ordinances. Complete streets policies require safe accommodation of all users of a street in eliminating barriers to bicycling and walking. (www.thunderheadalliance.org);

Partnership for a Walkable America (Enhancing Health, Access and Safety): The Partnership for a Walkable America is an alliance of public and private organizations and individuals who are committed to promoting the changes needed to make America more walkable. (www.tfhrc.gov/safety/pedbike/issues/pedwlk.htm) May also be reached by googling “walkability”;

Livable Streets Network: A site and network dedicated to re-envisioning our cities, reversing decades of automobile-dominated planning and policy to create healthier, more sustainable, people-oriented neighborhoods, better prepared to meet the challenges of the new century. (www.livablestreets.com);

WalkScore: WalkScore ranks 2508 neighborhoods in the largest 40 U.S. cities to help individuals find walkable places to live. Individual experiences and stories may also be submitted. Information on walkability and identification of the most walkable neighborhoods in communities is also provided. (www.walkscore.com);

Streetsblog: As part of the Livable Streets Network, Streetsblog is a daily news source, online community and political mobilizer for the livable streets movement. Streetsblog is part of an ever-growing coalition of individuals and organizations in cities around the world working to transform cities by reducing dependence on private automobiles and improving conditions for cyclists, pedestrians and transit riders. (www.streetsblog.org)

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Partnerships:

As we move forward, we have learned that Florida already has highly effective and established programs addressing the mature driver and pedestrian transportation and mobility issues. We have established partnerships with the agencies and offices listed below, and they have actively participated with us as we have tried to present the transportation effort from the perspectives of the community, the roadway and the driver.

We are also working to establish partnerships with the following organizations:

  • American Automobile Association (AAA)
  • American Association of Retired Persons (AARP)
  • Florida Safety Council

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Contact Us

For more information about the Transportation Program, contact:

Buddy Cloud
Department of Elder Affairs
Transportation Program
4040 Esplanade Way
Tallahassee, Florida 32399-7000
Phone: 850- 414-2123
Fax: 850- 414-2372

Or you may e-mail us at:
communities@elderaffairs.org

Please be sure to include your name, address, and phone number with your message.

Thank you!

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Last updated: 7/27/2011
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