April 24, 2009

The Aging of Society as a Woman's Issue; If You're Not Part of the Solution You're Part of the Problem


Dr. Sandra Rosenbloom, STC Distinguished Speaker, Professor of Planning, Adjunct Professor of Natural Renewable Resources, Adjunct Professor of Gerontology, and Adjunct Professor of Women's Studies at the University of Arizona


The safety and mobility challenges raised by an aging society are both different and more intense for women. Older women have fewer crashes on every measure than comparable men but are more likely to be killed in the crashes that do occur. At the same time women are far less likely to be drivers or continue to drive than comparable men so they face greater mobility losses as they age. Dr. Rosenbloom will discuss comparative safety and mobility trends among those 65+ over time and suggest the ways in which engineers, planners, and gerontologists must respond differently to the needs of older women and men in three crucial areas: improving the highway and pedestrian network, increasing the quality and quantity of public transit and alternative transportation systems, and retrofitting the low density communities in which over 75% of older women are aging-in-place.

Biographical Sketch

Dr. Sandra Rosenbloom is Professor of Planning and Adjunct Professor of Engineering and of Natural Renewable Resources at the University of Arizona where she teaches courses in land use and transportation planning and the financing of community infrastructure.  Dr. Rosenbloom is internationally known for her scholarship on the transportation and land use implications of societal trends such as the aging of the population and the increasing labor force participation of women, particularly those with children.
Dr. Rosenbloom is an appointed member of the Executive Committee of the US Transportation Research Board, an arm of the US National Academy of Sciences, as well as a member of the Board’s Strategic Policy and Planning Review sub-committee. She completed two terms on the Congressionally mandated Research and Technology Coordinating Committee (RTCC) which has oversight responsibilities for the US Federal Highway Administration’s multi-million dollar research program. In 2005 Dr. Rosenbloom was appointed a life-time Associate of the US National Academy of Sciences and granted the highest award given by the Transportation Research Board, the Roy P. Crum Award in recognition of her ground breaking transportation planning scholarship. In 2007 Dr. Rosenbloom received the Jay Chatterjay Award for her outstanding contributions to the Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning (ACSP), an organization that she served as President.