Safe mobility among seniors

februari 2014
januari 2017

Anita Jans

Geriatrics and Psychiatry Care Manager, Jessa Hospital

+32 11 28 95 93


BVBA Dr. Lutin 

CARA, afdeling van het BIVV

Safe mobility among seniors

Research indicates that mobility for the elderly is an important element in the quality of life. It enables them to participate in daily activities such as shopping and maintaining social contacts, and thereby reduces the chance of depression and social isolation. Keeping elderly people mobile as long as possible is therefore a socially relevant objective. However, a number of challenges arise together with the ageing of the population. With the general trend toward increased mobility, the mobility of seniors will also increase. Elderly people indeed constitute a separate risk group in traffic.


Promoting the mobility of elderly people with a cognitive disability

The general objective of this project is to promote the mobility, and thereby the quality of life, of elderly people with a cognitive disability by setting up and providing an efficient screening of driving ability, tailored training and working out high quality and appropriate mobility provisions when driving a car is no longer possible.


Objectives and valorization

Specifically, the following objectives will be pursued:

  • Setting up and validating a suitable screening method for assessing driving ability among seniors with a cognitive disability.
  • Developing and validating effective driving ability training among elderly persons with a cognitive disability.
  • Optimizing and offering mobility alternatives throughout the entire care chain and further facilitating multi-modal transport
  • Setting up a business plan for establishing a center for assessment and training of driving ability among seniors.

The social valorization of this project is situated on the one hand on extending the self-reliance of older people in their home situation by giving them maximum support in continuing safe mobility by means of self-insight and training their driving ability. On the other hand, we encourage older people to retain their mobility as long as possible by optimizing the transportation offering and further facilitating multi-modal transport.

The project also offers economic valorization potential because the applicants have the ambition, based on the project results, to arrive at the foundation of a center for diagnosis and training of driving ability among the elderly. Additionally, we wish to expand the current concept of MAT (Mobility center Adapted Transport) for handling specific transport questions by focusing more sharply on multi-modal transport with maximal use of public transport (combined with coaching in its use) and also of transport provisions (for the elderly).