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North American Conference on Elderly Mobility

Noteworthy Practice Guide

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FHWA-SA-14-095
June 2014

Foreword

It was an honor to sponsor and participate in the North American Conference on Elderly Mobility held May 11-14, 2014 in Detroit, Michigan. As our population ages, it is increasingly important that we account for the safety and needs of older adults and people with disabilities in our transportation system. Keeping our aging population mobile is important for maintaining independence and quality of life. We must also be mindful that older adults are especially vulnerable to injury and death in crashes. Communities across the nation recognize the transportation challenges facing older adults and are looking for methods to keep them safely on the move. The Federal Highway Administration is committed to improving the safety of our transportation system, and we hope this publication will help.

This guide showcases several national and international noteworthy practices presented during each conference track: alternative transportation, infrastructure and vehicles, driver education and training, driver screening and assessment, and housing and land use. The agencies and organizations featured on the following pages have significantly improved the safety and mobility of our older population through the use of various techniques and programs.

We hope you will consider implementing these successful programs and initiatives in your community.

Sincerely,

Tony Furst

Associate Administrator for Safety
Federal Highway Administration

Notice

This document is disseminated under the sponsorship of the U.S. Department of Transportation in the interest of information exchange. The U.S. Government assumes no liability for the use of the information contained in this document.

The U.S. Government does not endorse products or manufacturers. Trademarks or manufacturers' names appear in this report only because they are considered essential to the objective of the document.

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Technical Report Documentation Page

1. Report No.
FHWA-SA-14-095
2. Government Accession No. 3. Recipient's Catalog No.
4. Title and Subtitle
North American Conference on Elderly Mobility – Noteworthy Practices Guide
5. Report Date
December 2014
6. Performing Organization Code
7. Author(s)
Heather Rigdon, Jennifer Atkinson, John Bosack, Cara O'Donnell, and Julie Lambert
8. Performing Organization Report No.
9. Performing Organization Name and Address
Leidos
11251 Roger Bacon Drive
Reston, VA 20190
10. Work Unit No. (TRAIS)
11. Contract or Grant No.
DTFH61-10-D-00024-T-12006
12. Sponsoring Agency Name and Address
Federal Highway Administration
Office of Safety
1200 New Jersey Avenue SE
Washington, DC 20590
13. Type of Report and Period Covered
Noteworthy Practices Guide May 2014 – December 2014
14. Sponsoring Agency Code
FHWA
15. Supplementary Notes
Rebecca Crowe, Office of Safety Technologies, served as the Technical Manager for the Federal Highway Administration
16. Abstract

It is increasingly important to account for the safety and needs of older adults in our transportation system as the population ages. The North American Conference on Elderly Mobility (NACEM) was held May 11-14, 2014 in Detroit, Michigan and featured best practices in older adult mobility and highlighted new developments since the conference was first held in 2004.

This guide showcases national and international noteworthy practices presented during each conference track: infrastructure and vehicles; driver screening and assessment; driver education and training; alternative transportation, mobility management, and coordination; and housing and land use. The agencies and organizations featured in this guide have significantly improved the safety and mobility of our older population through the use of various techniques and programs that can be replicated nationwide.

17. Key Words
Older Driver, Senior, Transportation, Mobility, Safety
18. Distribution Statement
No restrictions.
19. Security Classif.
(of this report)

Unclassified
20. Security Classif.
(of this page)

Unclassified
21. No. of Pages
41
22. Price
N/A

Form DOT F 1700.7 (8-72) Reproduction of completed page authorized

Table of Contents

Acronyms and Abbreviations
Infastructure and Vehicles
Handbook for Designing Roadways for the Aging Population
Michigan Showcase Roadway
Adaptive LED Lighting in New Zealand
Vernon, British Columbia: Older Driver Pilot Project
Alberta Traffic Safety Guide to Accommodating Older Drivers
Driver Screening and Assessment
Collaboration Between Law Enforcement and Public Health Organizations: The Cognitive Assessment Tool
Maryland's Multi–tiered System to Assess Medical Fitness
Driver Education and Training
Florida's Aging Road User Strategic Safety Plan
Michigan's Guide for Aging Drivers and Their Families
CarFit
Using Driving Rehab Specialists to Help Older Drivers Keep the Keys
New and Improved AARP Smart DriverTM Course
Alternative Transportation, Mobility Management, and Coordination
myride2
Kansas City: Link for Care
Aging, Disability, and Transportation Agencies Working Together: Mobility Management in Wisconsin
A Bus is a Bus: Making Efficient Use of Unused Transportation Avenues
ITNAmerica
New York City's Senior Pedestrian Focus Areas
TimeBanking and Transportation
Seniors Training Seniors How to Use Transit
Housing and Land Use
Engaging Older Adults in Emergency Preparedness Planning
It Takes a Village: Transportation Options

List of Figures

Figure 1. Handbook for Designing Roadways for the Aging Population
Figure 2. Older Driver Showcase Roadway in Detroit
Figure 3. Signal Backplates with No Reflective Strip (left) and Signal Backplates with Yellow Retroreflective Strip (right)
Figure 4. Adaptive LED Road Lighting
Figure 5. Senior Focus Group
Figure 6. Alberta Traffic Safety Plan 2015
Figure 7. Curve Delineation
Figure 8. Law enforcement screening driver for cognitive impairment with DOSCI tool
Figure 9. Florida's Aging Road User Strategic Safety Plan
Figure 10. Michigan's Guide for Aging Drivers and Their Families
Figure 11. CarFit Process
Figure 12. Driving Rehab Specialists Conduct an In-vehicle Evaluation
Figure 13. Genesis Rehab Services Outlines Four Key Steps that clients can Take to Get Started with Driving Rehabilitation
Figure 14. Homepage of the myride2 Website
Figure 15. Transportation Search Options for the Link for Care Website
Figure 16. Homepage of the Link for Care Website
Figure 17. ITNAmerica Affiliate Sites
Figure 18. Intersection daylights
Figure 19. Allerton Ave, Bronx, New York City: Road Diet with Left Turn Bays, Pedestrian Refuge Islands and Bike Lanes (installed 2009)
Figure 20. Walker Senior Neighbors Riding the Rapid
Figure 21. Seniors Participating in Emergency Planning
Figure 22. Emergency Personnel Evacuating Seniors
Figure 23. Current number of Village communities across the nation as of August 2014

List of Tables

Table 1. Treatments Recommended for Proven Practices
Table 2. Treatments Recommended for Promising Practices

Acronyms and Abbreviations

AAAAmerican Automobile Association
ASTMAmerican Society for Testing and Materials
DCTBDane County TimeBank
DMVDepartment of Motor Vehicles
DOSCIDriver Orientation Screen for Cognitive Impairment
DOTDepartment of Transportation
DRSDriving Rehab Specialist
FCTFunctional Capacity Screening Test
FHWAFederal Highway Administration
GRSGenesis Rehab Services
ICBCInsurance Corporation of British Columbia
ITNIndependent Transportation Network
JFSJewish Family Service
KCATAKansas City Area Transportation Authority
KUUniversity of Kansas
LEDLight Emitting Diode
MABMedical Advisory Board
MDOTMichigan Department of Transportation
MVAMaryland Motor Vehicle Administration
NACEMNorth American Conference on Elderly Mobility
NYC DOTNew York City Department of Transportation
RSARoad Safety Audit
SATAShiawassee Area Transportation Agency
SPFASenior Pedestrian Focus Area
TCDTraffic Control Device
TREDSTraining, Research and Education for Driving Safety
UCUniversity of California
WAMMWisconsin Association of Mobility Managers
WisDOTWisconsin Department of Transportation
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