Getting from A to B becomes increasingly difficult as we age. Many things can get in the way, including health and finance.
There are a number of transport challenges affecting the over 50s generation. These include:
- Former traditional roles – Many older women have never learned to drive. Accustomed to relying on their father, and then their husband, when separated or widowed they no longer have this ease of access. This can be a sudden shock. Many mothers will not want to burden their children with their day to day errand needs.
- Failing driving tests – This can be due to health conditions, faltering eyesight or night blindness. Half the time this is expected, and due to safety reasons surrendering your license is best. However, this can affect how you socialize, get to doctors or pharmacies to obtain your much-needed medications.
- Financial – In addition to the initial outlay of a car, there are the costs of petrol, registration, tolls, insurance and many more. While seniors discounts can be available, it does still add up.
There are many transport solutions you may not have considered.
- Family and friends – Especially those living in the same area, can become quick lifts to the chemist or carpools out to grocery shopping. Children often view it as giving back to the people who raised them. It can also become bonding time, stopping for a bite to eat and chatting about life in general.
- Public transport – Buses, trams, trains, etc., have undergone massive overhauls across the country, expanding routes and adding more comfortable vehicles. Tickets are inexpensive, with seniors cards offering discounts.
- Taxi or rideshare (Uber, etc.) – You can come and go as you like, and don’t have to worry about whether your destination is near a bus, tram, or train stop. Arranging an Uber takes less than a couple of minutes, with measures in place to ensure a quick, safe, and easy ride. Cabs can also be arranged, with some Government initiatives offering seniors and other pensioners half-price vouchers.
- Bicycles and electric alternatives – You can get from A to B while keeping active. Certain regulations are involved when it comes to electric bikes, and these vary by state or territory.
- Mobility scooter – Might be the best transport option for you if you are travelling short distances, or have poor mobility due to age or injury. They come in a range of styles and designs, including accessories like shopping baskets and lights to be seen at night.
The transport challenge may come as a sudden shock, but happily, there are now many alternatives for getting around.