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Whiria te tāngata: Out-of-home mobility of Māori and non-Māori over 65 (NZPATHS)

36 months
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Associate Professor Rebecca McLean
Professor Dr Sue Crengle
Dr Rachel Brown
Professor Jennie Connor
Professor Ngaire Kerse MNZM
Professor Emeritus Jean Shope
Associate Professor Joanne Taylor
Associate Professor Claire Cameron
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Lay summary
Stopping driving can result in depression, declining health, and social isolation. Transitions to driving cessation and alternative transport can be difficult for older drivers and whānau/families. With an ageing population, these challenges and their impacts need to be well understood so they can be adequately addressed. This study has two parts. First, we will continue following older adults (now age 71y+) and family (interviewed in 2016-17, 2019, 2021) to understand how and why older adults modify their driving, how they manage transport needs, effects of transport changes on their health and wellbeing, and the roles families play (NZPATHS). Second, we will recruit and conduct face-to-face interviews with Māori kaumātua (60y+) and whānau to gain a better understanding of their unique experiences and needs (Whānau Study). Findings will contribute to community and national programmes and policy that improve wellbeing, a need identified by road safety, positive ageing and wellbeing strategies.