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08 May 2018

FREE SEMINAR 20 JUNE: Towards an age friendly transport system

 

We know that getting out and about in later life is important to peoples’ health and wellbeing. People who feel trapped and isolated at home are more likely to develop life limiting conditions and some studies even report they can also have a shorter life expectation.

 

However, today, getting out and about usually means needing access to a car and having high levels of mobility just to meet basic needs, stay connected to people and access shops, services and healthcare.

 

Drawing on a decade’s research, Dr Charles Musselwhite will be talking about how a genuine age friendly transport system might be developed.

 

 To this end, he will be looking at four key influences:

 

  • the needs, desires and motivations affecting older people’s mobility
  • the creation of attractive local neighbourhoods for walking (and cycling) in later life
  • more connected communities and neighbourhoods and ease of travel between them
  • safe, supportive and inclusive age friendly transport strategy, policies and plans moving forward.

 

The session will end with an interactive exercise looking in more detail at exactly what is required to build such a system. Issues and solutions will be identified, as will the main partners and stakeholders needed on board if vision is to become reality.

 

PLEASE NOTE: As these seminars are public events, we are unable to pay travel expenses. 

 

 

SPEAKER’S BIOGRAPHY

 

Dr Charles Musselwhite

 

Dr Musselwhite is Associate Professor in Gerontology at the Centre for Innovative Ageing (CIA) at Swansea University and leads their Groups Environments and Ageing research strand. Additionally, he holds the post of Operational Director at the Centre for Ageing and Dementia Research (CADR) - an initiative to develop and enhance research, policy and practice for older people across Wales.

After gaining his PhD from the Transportation Research Group at the University of Southampton in 2004, Charles went on to work at Bournemouth University then the University of the West of England prior to joining Swansea. His chief research interests involve ageing, travel and transport, addressing technological, environmental, health and sustainability contexts of transportation and built environment studies.

Charles has advised the UK Parliament on older people’s transport issues and is an executive committee member of the British Society of Gerontology (BSG), where he is editor of their journal, Generations Review. He is also an associate editor for the Journal of Transport & Health and sits on the editorial board for the Ageing and Society journal.