Paying for Senior Transportation
What is the price of independence? If, you ask an older adult independence is priceless. In contrast asking how they are paying for priceless, it’s a new conversation. When we think about aging few of us consider transportation. Unfortunately, it’s a mistake and one you can avoid by learning more about the topic.
Senior Transportation and Housing Choices
For older adults, it might be staying behind the wheel. However, the reality is we will likely outlive our ability to drive by a decade. In fact, eight years if you are a male and 10 if you are a female. If you have parents in their sixties now is the time to have a conversation. Where do they plan on living their retirement years? A few years ago I met a retired professor. After much research, she decided the country life was to her liking. While she had visions of bicycling country roads, the reality was two lane roads made this proposition dangerous. Before your parents make a change in housing have them consider transportation.
Paying For Transportation
While older adults may get a discount for good driving the cost to operate a vehicle is not free. What is the real cost of driving? Use my Vehicle Operation Cost Worksheet to calculate the cost. For some elderly parents who rarely drive selling their car might make sense. Use this as a transportation fund for daily travel expenses. In addition, many public transit agencies offer older adults a courtesy discount or free transportation. At the same time keep an eye on this benefit. In view of tight budgets and an aging population, this perk might be eliminated in the future.
Priced Out of Independence
Similar to housing there is a cost for transportation. When you talk about retirement plans ask about their transportation plans too. Frequently retirement planners overlook this area.If you have specific questions about senior transportation please call or connect with me here.
Currently, I am the Director of Program Innovation at Advocates For Aging. My recent accomplishment is publishing Freewheeling After Sixty the first book to make it easier for older adults to give up driving. Prior to that, I was the first gerontologist to speak at South by Southwest. Lastly, this summer I’ll be speaking at the National Association of Area Agencies on Aging Conference on Let’s Talk Sexy: It’s Part of Aging.