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ITNRacineCounty’s Ride and Shop program is an opportunity for business owners to show their commitment to the community, public safety and their senior customers. Research shows that non-driving seniors make 59 percent fewer shopping trips and visits to restaurants.
For annual dues of $100 and a charge of $2 a ride, business owners can help their customers get to their business through rides from ITNRacineCounty. Benefits include free advertising from ITN in its newsletters, website and regular mailings to its customers. The company’s name is printed on the monthly bill of each rider every time he or she visits an establishment.
Independent Transportation Network Portland, which facilitates low-cost transportation for seniors and visually impaired adults, may expand to Freeport.
Katherine Freund, who founded the organization, and Andy Bernstein, chairman of the board of directors, both said last week that the provider is considering an expansion of services. At present, ITNPortland serves 13 communities within a 15-mile distance from Portland – a distance that reaches only into the southern tip of Freeport.
Bayley, a continuing care retirement community in Delhi will be partnering with Independent Transportation Network Greater Cincinnati beginning in January.
Seniors often become isolated in their own homes when they no longer drive. Friends and family members are not always available to meet the needs. ITN’s volunteer based transportation service brings the community together by offering rides every day of the week to our neighbors at rates they can afford. Trips to the hairdresser, shopping or luncheon dates can again be part of the monthly calendar.
When Noel Stegner wants to meet a friend for lunch, needs to run an errand or visit his doctor, he simply gets in his car and drives. It’s a simple task for most people, but he knows some don’t have that luxury.
The Fort Thomas native remembers when his family had to tell his grandfather, back in the 1970s, that it was no longer safe for him to drive.
“I can still remember his face. He was so independent, and he was devastated,” Stegner, 73, said of his grandfather. “After all these years, it still bothers me.”
Independent Transportation Network Lehigh Valley began providing rides for seniors age 60 and older and visually impaired adults in October.
Our dedicated group of volunteer drivers has logged nearly 400 miles and helped seniors stay connected to families, friends and activities that bring meaning to their lives. Two drivers work but find the time in their busy schedules to be a part of this much needed service.
Jeanne, who is in her 90′s, wishes to remain active as long as possible. She volunteers twice a week at her church and at an elementary school. A few months ago, Jeanne had to stop driving because of a vision problem. She could no longer volunteer because she did not have a ride. When she heard about ITNLehighValley™, she immediately signed up and has resumed her volunteer activities. Everyone was so happy to have Jeanne back. Her independence was restored.
What do you do when you notice Mom’s driving skills aren’t as sharp as they used to be? How do you provide transportation for Dad when the doctor says he needs to turn in the keys?
ITNRacineCounty, 6216 Washington Ave., Suite G, provides affordable transportation options for seniors ages 55 and older and those with visual impairments. It replicates the feeling of personal car ownership by giving rides in volunteers’ vehicles at any time.
Katherine Freund is well aware of the complexity of the transportation problem confronting the nation – and particularly rural states such as Maine – as an estimated 10,000 baby boomers turn 65 every day in the U.S.
Lack of public transit, limited pools of taxpayer dollars and senior citizens’ reluctance to “burden” anyone else are a few of the challenges communities face as they struggle to help older residents who either cannot or should not get behind the wheel.
Westporter Peggy Kamins, long committed to social activism in Westport and surrounding communities, is the inaugural recipient of a national award known as the John Alexander Award for Leadership and Excellence from ITNAmerica, a national organization that offers independent, dignified transportation for senior citizens.
The local chapter of the national network is known as ITNCoastalCT which serves seniors and the visually impaired in six local towns, including Westport. Since 2008, Kamins was drawn to the concept of helping seniors stay independent for as long as possible in their homes where they can age in place with grace and dignity aided by volunteer drivers who could alleviate the many problems that surface when it is no longer possible to drive one’s own car safely.
Problems with her vision forced Carol Hansen to retire not only as a judge on the Oklahoma Court of Civil Appeals, but from driving a car.
“Take life with whatever it hands you, but I’m fine with it as long as I have someone to help me drive,” Hansen said. “That’s just critical, absolutely critical.”
Hansen’s daughter, Elizabeth Hatcher, read about ITNAmerica and thought it would be useful to her mother.
ITNAmerica is a national nonprofit transportation system for older and visually impaired adults.