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Supporting Individuals to Make Informed Personal Mobility Choices: Development and Trial of an Evidence-based Community Mobility Education Program

Di Stefano, Marilyn PhD; Lovell, Robin MOT; Stone, Kristen BOccThy (Hons); Oh, Sophie DPsych; Cockfield, Samantha MBA

Topics in Geriatric Rehabilitation: January-March 2009 - Volume 25 - Issue 1 - p 55–72
doi: 10.1097/TGR.0b013e3181914b2a

Individuals want to make informed choices about mobility transitions to retain dignity and independence as they age. The Transport Accident Commission initiated the development, trial, and evaluation of a health promotion education program to meet this need. A participative model was applied and program instruction goals focused on community and driver safety, how health and aging influence transportation independence, mobility options, and resources. Data collected from 94 individuals yielded positive outcomes: the target group was reached (90% were 60 years or older), community mobility information was retained, and participants were satisfied with program content and resources.

From the School of Occupational Therapy, LaTrobe University, Bundoora, Victoria, Australia (Dr Di Stefano and Ms Lovell); Knox Community Health Service (Ms Stone), Driver Safety, VicRoads, Denham St, Kew (Dr Oh), and Road Safety, Transport Accident Commission (Ms Cockfield), Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.

Corresponding author: Marilyn Di Stefano, PhD, School of Occupational Therapy, LaTrobe University, Bundoora 3086, Victoria, Australia (e-mail:

Funding for this project was provided by the TAC. Permission to host Community Mobility program for Older People sessions was kindly granted by the Royal Victorian Bowls Association. Thanks are extended to all organizations that formed part of the program steering committee and to club coordinators and program participants who assisted with the evaluation process. Preliminary findings were presented at the International Conference on Aging, Disability and Independence (ICADI) conference held in Florida, February 2008. The views expressed in this article are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect those of LaTrobe University, the TAC, VicRoads, or other stakeholder groups.

© 2009 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.