Mobility and Public Accessibility
Mobility and public accessibility examines the ability of aging adults to successfully complete activities of daily living (eating, bathing, dressing) and instrumental activities of daily living (shopping, housework, managing finances). Mobility device usage rates are additionally examined as well as public accessibility through the AARP Livability Score.
22% of adults aged 60 and older who need help with an ADL are not receiving the help or assistance that they need. When we look at the data by age and income, we see a significantly higher percentage of adults aged 65 and older not receiving needed help and the mid-income group not receiving needed help, compared to adults aged 60-64 and other income groups, respectively.
16% of adults aged 60 and older who need help with an IADL are not receiving the help or assistance that they need. When we look at the data by age, race, and income, we see a significantly higher percentage of adults aged 65-74, African Americans, and low-income groups not receiving needed help, compared to all other age groups, the White population, and other income groups, respectively.
25% of adults aged 60 or older use a mobility device. When we look at the data by age, gender, race, and income, we see significantly higher percentages of adults aged 75 and older, females, African Americans, and low and mid-income groups utilizing mobility devices, compared to other age groups, males, the White population, and the highest income group, respectively.
Do you think Forsyth County is publicly accessible for people who use a mobility device?
- Transportation is not accessible
- Needs to be more comfortable
- Sidewalks are needed, some sidewalks need repair
- Buildings are not accessible
- More ramps
- Automatic doors
- Larger aisles
- More handicapped parking is needed
AARP Livability Score
The AARP Livability Index score rates the overall livability of a community on a scale of 0 to 100. For more information on Forsyth County’s score, please visit the AARP Livability Index website.