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Public transport challenges for elderly

Wednesday, 4th July, 2018 4:15pm

There’s high levels of participation by older people in society in Cork city, a new report has shown.

The report also showed that there’s significant challenges for older people in accessing public transport and with a range of issues in the built environment such as access to seating and the duration of traffic lights.

Called Positive Ageing in Age Friendly Cities and Counties – Local Indicators for Ireland, it's based on research carried out by the Healthy and Positive Ageing Initiative (HaPAI) with more than 10,000 people aged 55 and over in 20 county and city councils across Ireland including over 500 older people in Cork city.

The research is the first survey to provide reliable evidence across so many local authority areas on the views and experiences of older people.

The survey highlights the positives and the negatives in the experience of ageing and aims to inform service provision and policy implementation at local and national levels throughout the country.

The report was launched on Monday by the Minister for Older People, Jim Daly TD.

Sinéad Shannon, HaPAI Project Manager said: “Almost half (45.3 per cent) of the over 500 people interviewed in Cork city for this report engaged in community activities once a month and this was evenly reflected amongst those aged 55 to 69 and those aged 70 and over as well as amongst men and women. However, many people experience barriers to participation, such as not being able to get to the venues where social activities take place (15.2 per cent in Cork city).”

Ms Shannon said that this level of active participation in wider society is also reflected in older people’s family involvement in Cork city where over a quarter of those aged 55 and over provide care to a child or grandchild on a weekly basis.

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