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Irish pensioners don’t have enough time to cross the road at pedestrian lights, research reveals

Published 12/11/2015 | 11:27

Older people in Ireland don't have enough time to cross the road a new survey has revealed
Older people in Ireland don't have enough time to cross the road a new survey has revealed

Pensioner pedestrians do not have enough time to cross the road before the light turns amber according to a new study.

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Research conducted by The Irish Longitudinal Study on Aging (TILDA) found that one in three (31pc) Irish adults between the age of 65 and 74 struggle to cross the road in the designated time.

The study found that 75pc of adults over the age of 65 struggle to cross the road in the time provided if they are carrying out a cognitive-based task at the same time.

Under Irish law, should a pedestrian begin crossing the road before the crossing light turns from green to amber, they should have one second to walk every 1.2 metres.

The study found that 31pc of Irish people above the age of 65 do not walk at a pace of 1.2m per second, and therefore do not have enough time to cross the road before the pedestrian light turns from amber to red.

Irish women over the age of 65 were also found to walk slower than their male counterparts of the same age.

Speaking about the findings of the study Dr Orna Donoghue, Project Manager on TILDA said: “Not being able to cross the road comfortably can impact on older adults’ social engagement, physical activity, functional independence and quality of life.”

A spokesperson from Irish organisation Age Action revealed that the study’s findings are worrying for elderly people, who can already be anxious about crossing the road.

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