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The freedom to drive is something we expect to continue to do but what if you had to make the key decision? The decision to determine if you, or perhaps your parents can no longer safely drive. How will they get to the grocery store, a doctor’s appointment or fill prescriptions? The answer is ITNGreaterKansasCity.
Initiated in Portland, Maine in 1996 by Katherine Freund, the ITN concept pairs volunteer drivers with non-driving older adults in order to preserve their dignity and independence while encouraging safer roads for everyone. The local affiliate of ITNAmerica, ITNGreaterKansasCity was launched in Lee’s Summit in Sept. 2013.
Several years ago, Bob Halko began cutting back on his driving. He stayed off the freeways, avoided rush-hour traffic and stopped driving at night. Then he found he could no longer drive, and that public transportation couldn’t move him efficiently from his home in Inver Grove Heights to the places he wanted or needed to go. His four daughters, each living in widely scattered Twin Cities suburbs, stepped up, shuttling him to and from medical appointments in St. Louis Park, to the pharmacy and on shopping errands.
“Between us, we made it work,” says daughter Trish Halko. “We drove him all over the place.”
Their support enabled Bob to remain in his home until he died, at age 81. Eventually, the experience led Trish to help organize, and now to chair, a local affiliate of a national nonprofit here, ITNTwinCities, which will transport the growing ranks of nondriving seniors living mostly in Hennepin County’s northwest suburbs starting this fall.
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Robert Schrage is the newest Kentucky volunteer for ITNGreaterCincinnati, a nonprofit agency that provides transportation to members over the age of 60 and visually impaired adults.
Schrage first became interested in ITNGC several months ago when the agency began offering rides in Northern Kentucky. He gave his first ride on June 22 taking Mr. and Mrs. Charles Obel of Latonia to Runyan Memorial Christian Church.
Volunteer drivers are needed for a Tucson organization that provides door-to-door rides to anyone over 60 as well as for people with visual impairments.
More than 60 people have signed up with iTNGreaterTucson since it started here last September as part of a national nonprofit. Katherine Freund founded iTNAmerica 20 years ago in Portland, Maine, after her 3-year-old son was hit by an elderly man who had dementia.
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ITNGreaterTucson is a non-profit transportation service for seniors and visually impaired adults in the Tucson metropolitan area.
The local affiliate of ITNAmerica was established in September of last year and is now one of 25 national affiliates that serve communities across the nation. Initiated in Portland, Maine, in 1996 by Katherine Freund, the ITN concept pairs volunteer drivers with nondriving seniors in order to preserve dignity and independence for seniors while encouraging safer roads for everyone.
There’s good news for adult children of senior drivers who’ve been dreading having that all-important conversation about whether it’s time to hand over the keys: Mom or Dad might be more willing than you think to have that talk.
That’s according to a new survey from insurer Liberty Mutual, which found that 84% of senior drivers said they were open to conversations about limiting or stopping their driving. But only 6% of respondents said they had spoken with someone about their driving abilities.
Watch as we accept ownership of a 2014 Toyota Sienna accessible van from Toyota’s 100 Cars for Good contest in April 2014.
“Reliable transportation is considered one of the most problematic issues for seniors and the sight-impaired who are striving to remain independent,” said Tony Woods, chairman of Deaconess Associations Inc. “Deaconess is pleased to continue providing financial support to ITNGreaterCincinnati to help this organization maintain such a valuable service in our community.”
Despite all the advances the United States has made since the first automobiles motored onto the nation’s roadways, the country still doesn’t have a good solution to a big — and growing — problem: lack of access to reliable transportation in rural areas.
That is, unless people start thinking differently about the transportation model itself and how it’s funded.
Katherine Freund, 64, of Portland still remembers the exact moment she realized how to make community-based transportation services viable for more people, especially older adults. It was 1989, when she was 39 …