Providing more rural transit for isolated older adults can be cost-effective

Researchers at North Dakota State University have published their U.S. Department of Transportation-sponsored cost-benefits analysis on public transportation for older adults. Specifically, researchers weighed the costs of expanding public transportation to increase mobility options with the benefits of reducing social isolation among older adults living in small urban and rural areas. Across 10 study states, they found that it was cost-effective to provide between 3-10 public transportation trips per month per isolated older adult; that is, the costs of providing this transportation were lower than the extra Medicare costs associated with isolation. #mentalhealth #rural #transportation

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