While the current senior trends support aging in place rather than living in an assisted living facility, it can only work if seniors have access to transportation in order to access necessities such as food and health care.
Seniors in Nashville, TN may not have that access. In fact, some reports claim that by 2015, 85 percent of Nashville-area seniors will lack adequate access to mass transit:
In the greater Nashville region, more than 86 percent of older adults (approximately 150,000 senior citizens) are expected to be without adequate access to transit by 2015, according to a Transportation for America report called Aging in Place, Stuck without Options.
In response to this report, the Mayor’s Office is enacting the Nashville Livability Project that looks at how the city can address its changing demographics and aging population by addressing housing, walkability of neighborhoods and access to services such as health care and grocery stores.
In addition, the Nashville Area Metropolitan Planning Organization is working to address the issues throughout the entire metropolitan area in its long-range plan to address the growing need for affordable transportation options.