Preparation for elderly people to be mobile and stay mobile. Thun (Switzerland)

By News Editor / Updated: 06 May 2015

With the number of senior citizens on the increase the mobility of this age-group in regard to health, social and economic factors, is gaining in importance. The course program ”Preparation for elderly people to be mobile and stay mobile” offers information and training for elderly people, so they feel safe whilst travelling, by foot, bicycle, public- transport or car. Active in 2010 ”mobile now&in the future” is offering information and training for elderly people, so that they feel safe whilst travelling, whether by foot, bicycle, public- transport or car.

Background & Objectives


Independent mobility of elderly people is of fundamental importance to maintain their independence and to be able to socialize. In spite of the changes which an increase in age brings, senior citizens don’t have to do without individual mobility, thanks to the wide range of transport facilities available. However, mobility and technology are developing at an ever-increasing rate. Traffic is becoming more and more hectic, which can often result in a feeling of inadequacy and thus a loss of contact with modern-day life. Particularly no longer being able to drive can lead to social isolation if one is not able to use other forms of transport.




Induction training of health advisers as mobility advisers
Setting up half-day courses “mobile now&in the future” dealing with:


  • Information about public transport and the planning of a journey
  • Familiarising participants with automated ticket purchasing on national and local public transport (including touch-screen vending machines)
  • Guided tour of the railway-station
  • Pedestrian road safety
  • Information on safely participating in the traffic system in conjunction with an

increase in age and during illness or the taking of medication
Carrying out 2 courses with 30 participants.



While the first courses took place in Thun, trainings now exist in almost every Swiss region. See (in German) or French)
Each year more & more courses are organised : 23 in 2007, 51 in 2008. By mid-2009 40 were held with 38 more planned for 2009.
How many people participate? In 2007: 253 people, in 2008 there were 591, and as of July 15, 2009 we were at 598. In 2010 more than 1000 elderly peaople participated all over Switzerland. It is expacted that the increasing number of particpants goes on. In 2011 there are 100 courses scheduled to take place at 46 railway stations.
Update input by


Walking and cycling
Mobility management
Traffic and demand management
Meuron Andrea
René Rinner
measures - campaigns
planning - user needs
products and services
measures - connection with health effects
19 Jun 2007
06 May 2015