This study aimed to explore how the aging population in Appalachia manages its transportation and plans for the transition to non-driving and to seek possible solutions to the challenge of meeting rural transportation needs. Four focus groups (N = 38) were conducted, supplemented by a questionnaire, in Appalachian Kentucky. The results showed that few alternative transportation existed except a local paratransit service and informal transportation support. Compared to older adults, middle-aged adults reported a greater willingness to use mobile phones and the Internet to arrange transportation if they were available. Participants also recommended expanding the use of existing transportation in the community–such as church vans–to better meet the aging population’s needs. The findings suggest that partnership between government, non-profit, and private sectors is needed, not solely focusing on a tax-dependent solution. Additionally, information and communication technology-based transportation management system would help maximize the use of scare but existing resources in rural areas.
|Number of pages||17|
|Journal||Journal of Gerontological Social Work|
|State||Published - May 19 2019|
Bibliographical noteFunding Information:
We acknowledge the assistance of Ms. Katie Dollarhide and Sherry Wright in arranging the focus groups. This study was supported in part by the Research Support Grant from the University of Kentucky Office of the Vice President for Research. M. Choi was also supported by the Basic Faculty Research Fund from Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) as well as the National Research Foundation of Korea Grant funded by the Korean Government (NRF-2016S1A3A2925399). The content is solely the responsibility of the authors and does not necessarily represent the official views of the University of Kentucky, KAIST or National Research Foundation of Korea. A preliminary version of this work was presented at the 19th Annual Conference of the Society for Social Work and Research, New Orleans, LA in January 2015 as well as the 8th International Association of Gerontology and Geriatrics European Region Congress in Dublin, Ireland in April 2015.
This work was supported by the University of Kentucky Office of the Vice President for Research; Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST); National Research Foundation of Korea [NRF-2016S1A3A2925399].
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- Automobile driving
- baby boomers
- mobile technology
- rural areas
- senior transportation
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Social Sciences (miscellaneous)
- Nursing (miscellaneous)