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Older People, Mobility and Transport in Low- and Middle-Income Countries: A Review of the Research

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HelpAge International, London WC1H 9NA, UK
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Gender, Inclusion & Vulnerable Groups, High Volume Transport Research Programme, IMC Worldwide Consultants, Redhill RH1 1LG, UK
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Sustainability 2019, 11(21), 6157; https://doi.org/10.3390/su11216157
Received: 16 July 2019 / Revised: 2 October 2019 / Accepted: 22 October 2019 / Published: 4 November 2019
Older populations are rising globally, which in high-income countries has helped to generate a growing literature on the impact of ageing on travel requirements and transport policy. This article aims to provide an initial assessment of the state of knowledge on the impact on transportation policy and usage of the increasing numbers of older people in low- and middle-income countries (LAMICs), through a review of the literature relating to older people and transportation. As both the academic and policy/practice-related literature specifically addressing ageing and transport in LAMICs is limited, the study looks beyond transportation to assess the state of knowledge regarding the ways in which older people’s mobility is affected by issues, such as health, well-being, social (dis)engagement and gender. We find significant knowledge gaps, resulting in an evidence base to support the implementation of policy is lacking. Most research in low-income countries (LICs) is either broad quantitative analysis based on national survey data or small-scale qualitative studies. We conclude that, although study of the differing contexts of ageing in LAMICs as they relate to older people’s mobilities and transport use has barely begun, institutions which both make and influence policymaking recognise the existence of significant knowledge gaps. This should provide the context in which research agendas can be established. View Full-Text
Keywords: ageing; disability; gender; mobility; older people; poverty; transport; urban ageing; disability; gender; mobility; older people; poverty; transport; urban
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Gorman, M.; Jones, S.; Turner, J. Older People, Mobility and Transport in Low- and Middle-Income Countries: A Review of the Research. Sustainability 2019, 11, 6157. https://doi.org/10.3390/su11216157

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Gorman M, Jones S, Turner J. Older People, Mobility and Transport in Low- and Middle-Income Countries: A Review of the Research. Sustainability. 2019; 11(21):6157. https://doi.org/10.3390/su11216157

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Gorman, Mark, Sion Jones, and Jeffrey Turner. 2019. "Older People, Mobility and Transport in Low- and Middle-Income Countries: A Review of the Research" Sustainability 11, no. 21: 6157. https://doi.org/10.3390/su11216157

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