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Orono, Maine

Place of conference

Blaine House Conference on Aging

Abstract/ Summary

Due to the size of the state of Maine and the fact that goods, services, and communities are separated by many miles of roads, transportation is often a particular challenge for Maine’s older citizens. Older adults drive themselves, rely on family or volunteers to drive them, use public transportation, and utilize transportation services offered by social service agencies, all of which present their own distinct challenges. In rural communities in Maine, transportation is a significant barrier. At the national level, 41 percent of rural residents have no available public transportation, and another 25 percent have inadequate public transportation. Many older adults utilize public transportation systems to access services and daily needs, as driving themselves may pose risks. Thus, an emphasis is placed on improving means of transportation throughout the state, but especially in rural areas in order to allow for easier access to daily activities and crucial services.


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