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Accessible transportation and mobility issues of elderly — how does Australia compare with Japan?

Sekhar Somenahalli, Yoshitsugu Hayashi, Michael Taylor, Tetsuo Akiyama, Timothy Adair, Daisuke Sawada

Abstract

Accessible transportation is a key aspect of independent living. As the impact of population ageing on future transport systems is expected to be increasingly felt over the next few decades in a number of countries, including Australia and Japan, it is logical to recognise the importance of formulating appropriate transport policies in ageing societies. However, few studies in Australia have focussed on this issue as most of them have been devoted to the physical dimensions of health. This paper is based on a recent survey of older South Australians and a series of in-depth discussions conducted with key stakeholders both in Australia and Japan, conducted by the principal author. This paper highlights the accessible transportation and mobility issues in Australia’s ageing society by shedding light on some of the important policies and laws prevailing in Japan, which have already reached the proportion of the older population that Australia is projected to be 10 years from now. Our findings would provide answers and new approaches into the challenges from a policy and legislative perspective to help formulate recommendations for the stakeholders.

Keywords

ageing; universal design; transport polices; mobility scooter usage issues; driving licence issues of elderly

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.18063/JSUPP.2016.01.001
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