Photo: The National Fund for the Elderly
With the car to a birthday, with the train a day out. Being able to get from A to B with appropriate transport offers people freedom. But this mobility is not self-evident for everyone in the Netherlands.
Although mobility does not appear to be a problem for a large group of over-55s, the vast majority own a car, there seems to be a hidden tipping point for older people aged 75 and over. For these elderly people moving becomes less self-evident. One in ten has (very) difficulty moving around, according to new research by the National Fund for the Elderly, conducted by I&O Research.
Less one in three over-75s has experienced a decline in mobility in the last five years. Almost all seniors agree that can have major consequences. Nine out of 55 people in the Netherlands find it (very) important to be able to move freely in order to prevent feelings of loneliness. They keep control over their own lives, continue to participate in society and can maintain their social contacts.
Someone who can travel independently and have freedom about life and will not be with greater freedom. About 151,000 over-75s find it (very) difficult to move around in the Netherlands. It is expected that this number will only increase in the coming years due to the aging population. The Elderly Fund wants to remove barriers to mobility, so that seniors actually go on the road. This prevents them from becoming more isolated and feelings of redness from occurring.
Today on Friday, October 7, National Elderly DayThe Elderly Fund is therefore publishing new research into the state of affairs regarding loneliness among the elderly and mobilities of potential mobility poverty among the over-75s.