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Older people everywhere want to maintain their independence and age in place, but it can be especially difficult in rural areas, where transportation and mobility options can be unreliable, unaffordable, or simply unavailable.

New technologies such as mobility management software, autonomous vehicles, ride-hailing, drone deliveries, and telehealth have the potential to transform the rural mobility landscape and empower millions of rural Americans of all ages. 

Mobility & Aging in Rural America: The Role for Innovation: An Introduction for Funders is a general introduction that offers a wealth of background and program ideas for improving rural mobility through existing and emerging technology.  It does not require a background in technology or aging.

This paper, and its companion white paper (below) were created in support of the Beyond Here & There Rural Mobility Summit.  

The presentations from that meeting, as well as other top resources relating to rural mobility, are available here

Mobility & Aging in Rural America: The Role for Innovation: An Introduction for Funders is a general introduction tailored for funders but useful for anyone. This paper offers insights about what’s already working and what is possible from the perspective of providers and thought leaders. It does not require a background in technology or aging.

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​The Future of Rural Transportation and Mobility for Older Adults: Current Trends and Future Directions in Technology-enabled Solutions is a companion white paper that examines rural mobility through a lens of technology and across a longer timeframe. 

Download here



For a self-printable flyer with the link to these papers, please click here (prints best in Landscape.) 

About the Beyond Here & There Summit

Beyond Here & There: Transforming Mobility in Rural America through New Technology was a working summit for leaders in transportation, technology, rural aging, and philanthropy that took place May 2 and 3, 2018 at the University of California at Berkeley. It was co-hosted by Grantmakers In Aging (GIA) and CITRIS and The Banatao Center. The summit was supported by the May and Stanley Smith Charitable Trust.

For more information about this summit, please click here

Thanks to Our Sponsors 

Support for these reports was generously provided by the May and Stanley Smith Charitable Trust, Tivity Health, St. David’s Foundation, and the Consumer Technology Association Foundation.


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