Transport and Health in an Ageing Society
Dr Charles Musselwhite, Swansea University
Dr Sarah Jones, Public Health Wales
This seminar will examine the importance of transport and mobility in relation to health and wellbeing in later life. Staying mobile helps people stay fit and healthy and connected to the things they enjoy doing and the people they love as they age. Establishing links between Centre for Ageing and Dementia Research (CADR) and a new transport and health research network, THINK (Transport and Health Integrated research NetworK) we will examine how four key areas of where transport intersects health and wellbeing disproportionately affect older people:
- Community severance: How do we keep people connected to neighbourhoods and communities while at the same time having to, or wanting to, reduce driving?
- Injuries: Why are older people are overrepresented in collisions from driving, and crucially as pedestrians, especially females? What can be done to improve road safety in later life?
- Active Travel: How do we encourage for more walking and cycling in later life?
- Pollution: Older people are disproportionately affected by air and noise pollution with links to cognitive decline and respiratory illnesses.
We will conclude with what needs to happen to help older people stay mobile in later life.