Older Adult Active Transportation in Massachusetts.
Abstract: Active transportation can facilitate healthy aging through improved mobility and physical health. Living in a walkable environment is linked to increased active transportation among older adults. Yet there is a gap in research on active transportation and its relationship to walkability among older adults living in Massachusetts. My research addresses this gap through descriptive GIS map... read moreping and quantitative analysis of age-based trends in transportation using data from the 2010-2011 Massachusetts Travel Survey (MTS) and Walk Score®. The main findings were that overall travel and rates of active transportation tended to decrease with age (p<0.01). ZIP codes with higher Walk Scores® also had higher rates of walking for both younger and older adults. Though these results cannot establish causation, they can be useful in efforts to make neighborhoods friendlier to older adult pedestrians.
Thesis (M.A.)--Tufts University, 2015.
Submitted to the Dept. of Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning.
Advisor: Mary Davis.
Committee: Barbara Parmenter.
Keywords: Aging, Transportation planning, and Urban planning.read less