Areas without good public transit pose threat to seniors

Areas without good public transit pose threat to seniorsA recent study finds that many seniors living in the U.S. will soon be without access to a good public transportation system. According to Reuters, researchers found that more than 15.5 million seniors between the ages of 65 or 79 will live in suburbs that are far from any mass transit system, putting them at a disadvantage.

"The baby boom generation grew up and reared their own children in communities that for the first time in human history were built on the assumption that everyone would be able to drive," John Robert Smith, co-chair of Transportation for America, told the news source.

Seniors who live far away from a major area with public transportation may want to consider moving to a retirement living community, where their daily needs are easily within reach.

Without good public transportation, seniors who don't drive are less likely to go to the doctor or visit friends and family. Cities that were cited in the report as having particularly bad public transit include Atlanta, Houston and Detroit.

Driving can be difficult for some seniors, and dangerous for others. According to AAA, the most common mistakes leading to collisions for seniors include failure to yield right of way and improper left turns.