Transport and Health in an Ageing Society
Wed 11th Aug 2021
Dr Charles Musselwhite, Swansea University
Dr Sarah Jones, Public Health Wales
12 noon -1.30
This seminar will examine the importance of transport and mobility in relation to health and wellbeing in later life. Staying mobile helps people stay fit and healthy and connected to the things they enjoy doing and the people they love as they age. Establishing links between Centre for Ageing and Dementia Research (CADR) and a new transport and health research network, THINK (Transport and Health Integrated research NetworK) we will examine how four key areas of where transport intersects health and wellbeing disproportionately affect older people:
- Community severance: How do we keep people connected to neighbourhoods and communities while at the same time having to, or wanting to, reduce driving?
- Injuries: Why are older people are overrepresented in collisions from driving, and crucially as pedestrians, especially females? What can be done to improve road safety in later life?
- Active Travel: How do we encourage for more walking and cycling in later life?
- Pollution: Older people are disproportionately affected by air and noise pollution with links to cognitive decline and respiratory illnesses.
We will conclude with what needs to happen to help older people stay mobile in later life.
Dr Charles Musselwhite has been at Swansea University for eight and a half years as Associate Professor in Gerontology. He is about to become Professor of Psychology at Aberystwyth University from 1st September 2021. He is co-Director of the Centre for Ageing and Dementia Research and is co-Director of the Transport and Health Integrated Research NetworK (THINK), and will continue in these roles. His research looks at relationships between the built environment and health, including transport and mobility in later life. He has published over 40 journal articles, 20 book chapters and five books on these subjects. He is Editor in Chief of the Journal of Transport & Health.
Dr Sarah Jones is a Consultant in Environmental Public Health with Public Health Wales with an interest in the road traffic environment, particularly in terms of how this affects injuries, air quality and active travel. Sarah has published over 60 research articles on these, and related, subjects. Sarah has also been involved in work looking at the public health benefits associated with a reduction in the default speed limit to 20mph and advocating for the introduction of Graduated Driver Licencing. Sarah is co-Director of the Transport and Health Integrated Research Network (THINK).