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More than 20 percent of Americans age 65 and older don’t drive, according to an analysis of the federal government’s National Household Travel Survey by AARP’s Public Policy Institute.
Soon, even more people will be clamoring for rides as the country’s 78 million boomers, now ages 49 to 67, shed their car keys. (And men typically outlive their driving days by seven years; women outlive theirs by 10.)
According to Transportation for America, an advocacy coalition, by 2015 more than 15.5 million Americans 65-plus will live in areas where public transportation service is poor or nonexistent.
ITNSarasota and Lighthouse of Manasota are pleased to announce that the Jerome & Mildred Paddock Foundation has funded the Independent Travel for the Visually Impaired Program, a strategic partnership between the two organizations.
The funding allows ITNSarasota to provide door-to-door transportation to Lighthouse clients who attend classes critical to their future success. This collaboration is a new venture that will begin this year and continue as long as needed.
ITNRacineCounty, a local nonprofit that provides rides to seniors aged 55 and older and any adults with visual impairment received a $15,000 grant from the Racine Community Foundation on April 29.
A recent report from the National Center on Senior Transportation revealed that because of seniors’ needs, the transit demand is at the highest level in 50 years!
And the need seems to be rising in Davenport, the rest of the Quad-City area and the surrounding region.
Statistics show that seniors are living longer, and, because of chronic mobility conditions, declining eyesight and the challenge of making snap judgments in busy traffic, it becomes necessary to find other means of getting around.
Volunteers and visitors of the Senior Companion Program and volunteer drivers and member-riders of ITNRacineCounty gathered together for fellowship and thanksgiving at the Roma Lodge for a Volunteer Appreciation Brunch, graciously sponsored by the Milwaukee County Department of Family Care on April 13.
The Senior Companion Program celebrates its 35th anniversary of its outreach program, connecting older adults and volunteers who visit regularly to listen, share experiences, reminisce and relieve loneliness. The program helps to foster relationships between older adults and faith communities, spiritual care, family, and friends, as well as local services such as ITNRacineCounty.
“I lived next to the campus and a grocery, so I thought a car was unnecessary but I was wrong. I was imprisoned in my tiny studio apartment and felt like I was disabled. I had to ask friends for a ride when I wanted to go somewhere. As a person who highly values independence, I felt shamed when I asked for a ride from others. So, unlike my plan of living without a car for the first year of my doctorate program, I bought a car right after my first three months in Cleveland. This intense experience living without a car made me think about what the process of being disabled is like, and the role of independent transportation, impact of life space constriction on the quality of life at old age.”
A volunteer program coming to the metro will mean newfound mobility for elderly and vision-impaired people.April 23, 2013
“It’s a big adjustment from running to your car and going to the store or the movie whenever you want, to making plans days in advance [for a ride],” she said.
Webster has relied on friends and family, but she admits even that takes its toll.
That’s why she was overjoyed when she heard about Independent Transportation Network America, a nonprofit volunteer program that will soon serve Oklahoma City’s elderly, vision-impaired and others who are unable to drive.
ITNNorthCentralConnecticut, a transportation service for seniors and visually-impaired people, is gearing up for its fourth annual “Walk for Dignified Rides for Seniors.” on April 28 at Asnuntuck Community College.
The event is a means of raising funds to help continue providing transportation to medical appointments and other outings, to those who need it.
Walkers will work to get sponsors and donations for the event, in which they will walk around a quarter-mile track.
We noticed that if people have transportation they can stay in their homes five years longer,” she said. But even then, some of their clients needed services beyond just transportation.
That’s when the seed for the I Know Expo took root. The event centers on issues that affect the elderly and their caregivers and will feature vendor displays and breakout sessions with speakers on subjects such as veterans benefits, prescriptions, housing options for those who can no longer remain in their home, fall prevention and financial exploitation.
Jason Ellsworth, an East Windsor resident, who has been blind since birth is the Team Captain of the “Walk for Dignified Rides for Seniors” to be held on Sunday, April 28 at Asnuntuck Community College. The Walk provides much needed funding to insure ITNNorthCentralConnecticut™, continues the commitment to have available dignified transportation for seniors and the visually impaired. Trained drivers, provide rides for any purpose, including medical and hair appointments, errands and lunch or dinner dates.