This presentation reports findings from a cross-sectional survey of older Vietnamese immigrants in the Dallas-Fort Worth, TX metroplex and members of a Hispanic senior center in Hartford, CT. In addition to providing a description of transportation resources and behavior, we present a method for assessing the geospatial "regular activity spaces" of older adults based on the frequency and locations of routine activities. We also present options for assessing the geospatial burden of providing rides to older adults using "ride-provision activity spaces," which entails the frequency and locations of activities for which rides are given. Finally, we discuss the association of transportation-related factors and companionship among members of the senior center in Hartford, CT. Implications for this research include land use policy, assessment for and allocation of public assistance for transportation for older adults, and transportation-related programs to address social isolation.
KEY LEARNING OUTCOMES
After attending this session, attendees will be able to:
- Identify unique transportation-related characteristics and needs of older immigrants;
- Describe transportation-related factors in a sample of older Vietnamese immigrants in Dallas-Fort Worth and older Hispanic migrants/immigrants in Hartford, CT;
- Discuss options for assessing geospatial transportation burden among ride providers of older adults;
- Identify ways in which transportation-related factors have been associated with the social network of older adults in a senior center.
This webinar is based on a study funded by the National Institute for Transportation and Communities (NITC) and conducted at the University of Texas at Arlington. Read more about the research: Using Social Network Analysis To Optimize Access To Culturally Responsive And Affordable Transportation For Older (Im)Migrants.
Rebecca Mauldin, University of Texas, Arlington
Stephen Mattingly, University of Texas, Arlington
Rupal Parekh, University of Connecticut
This 60-minute webinar is eligible for 1 hour of professional development credit for AICP (see our provider summary). We provide an electronic attendance certificate for other types of certification maintenance.
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Photo by Whistlestop Carepool, San Rafael, CA; courtesy of National Aging and Disability Transportation Center (NADTC)
This webinar is hosted by the Transportation Research and Education Center (TREC) at Portland State University. The research was funded by the Summit Foundation and the National Institute for Transportation and Communities (NITC), a program of TREC and one of seven U.S. Department of Transportation national university transportation centers. The NITC program is a Portland State-led partnership with the University of Oregon, Oregon Institute of Technology, University of Utah and new partners University of Arizona and University of Texas at Arlington. We pursue our theme — improving mobility of people and goods to build strong communities — through research, education and technology transfer.