Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Older Adults: Challenges of Individual and Public Health

National Association of States United for Aging and Disabilities
NASUAD posts a report with case studies and information about overcoming the barriers to preventive and diagnostic health services for older adults. One of the main barriers identified is transportation. Enhancing Use of Clinical Preventive Services Among Older Adults Closing the Gap gives one intriguing example from New England of co-locating influenza vaccinations with mammograms and providing free transportation.

National Association of Area Agencies on Aging

N4A provides a link to 2011 Alzheimer’s Disease: Facts and Figures, which supplies of plethora of detail about the care that a person needs when suffering with Alzheimer's or other type of dementia. Transportation is mentioned as one need, but this report goes into the home, as it were, to give a picture of the labor intensive, daily tasks that such individuals cannot do without assistance.

Mobility Management

Read mobility management and public participation stories from around the country in the NRC Technical Assistance News. There is truly amazing energy out there for mobility management and coordination.

To learn about mobility management from around the country, attend the Mobility Management Conference on June 6-7, 2011 in Indianapolis. The conference is a collaborative effort of the Partnership for Mobility Management. Plenary sessions will focus on partnerships, for financial sustainability, crossing jurisdictional lines and achieving other goals. Breakout sessions will address specific projects, such as one-call services, medical transportation, livability and employment transportation. A full list is available at


The National Association of Regional Councils NARC) will be hosting a webinar about emergency preparedness lessons learned from Japan's multi-dimensional disasters that occurred one on top of each other. Sudden Emergency: An Insight into Japan's State of Emergency will be held today, March 23, at 3 p.m. ET.

The Administration on Aging (AoA) is hosting a webinar, Care Transitions in Action: From Hospital to Home in Two Communities, which will explore in depth care transitions partnerships between hospitals and area agencies on aging in two communities. Transportation issues are not specifically mentioned. The webinar will be held on March 30 at 2 p.m. ET.

National Council on Independent Living

NCIL Annual Conference - July 13-16, 2011 in Washington, D.C. The theme is Independence! Keeping our eyes on the prize.

A little background for our transportation work appears in an interesting article about the history of powering automobiles and transit from the Atlantic. Food for thought about energy distribution, marketing, and public relations.

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