Archive for January, 2010

Nevada Assemblywoman named to ITNLasVegasValley Board of Directors

January 27, 2010

Assemblywoman, Kathy McClain, has been elected to serve on the Board of Directors of ITNLasVegasValley. “I join with my fellow board members in welcoming Kathy McClain aboard,” said Maria Dent, Board Chair. “Kathy has been the leading advocate for senior and veteran issues during her entire six term tenure in the Nevada State Legislature. She has also served on the Nevada Commission on Aging, Nevada Veterans Services Commission and is chair for the Statutory Committee on Senior Citizens. Her extensive experience will bring many valuable assets to ITN that will help us build a strong organization.”

Upon accepting her nomination to the ITNLasVegasValley Board of Directors, McClain said she was both honored and delighted. “I believe that my background in addressing and solving senior needs will be helpful to the organization as it launches services in this exciting new marketplace.”

ITNAmerica‘s online social network grows

January 25, 2010

Wyn Lydecker is the owner of Upstart Business Planning in Darien, CT—an organization dedicated to helping business owners and entrepreneurs maximize their productivity and develop business plans for their own successful and profitable companies. Lydecker, who also serves on the advisory board for Aging in Place in Darien, CT, uses her blog called Aging with Grace to post useful information and links to help seniors stay in their homes as long as possible.

After hearing one of Katherine Freund’s presentations in 2008, Lydecker became a proponent of Katherine’s business model, ITN, and her devotion to preserving senior’s independence. Since then, Lydecker has posted several updates concerning ITN on her blog; most recently, news on ITN’s latest affiliate ITNRacineCounty™. Read more about ITN’s new affiliate and other tips on aging in place at Aging with Grace.

ITNCoastalConnecticut™ makes its radio debut on The Healthy Aging Show

January 23, 2010

Katherine Freund joins Leslie Wolf, President of ITNCoastalCT, the ITN affiliate soon to be serving Wilton, Weston, Easton, Fairfield, Westport, and Norwalk on Sunday, January 24th at 1pm on The Healthy Aging Show – a weekly radio show Sundays at 1:00 pm on WSTC/WNLK 1400 / 1350AM.

Dennis Patouhas is the co-host of The Healthy Aging Show, a weekly broadcast discussing serious issues about aging in a light and entertaining format. Topics aired on radio are archived for “on demand” retrieval and listening on the website. The website has articles, a forum and resource locator, hosted and sponsored by Comfort Keepers.


ITNAmerica® plans for the Aging in America (ASA) Conference in Chicago

January 19, 2010

On March 18, ITNAmerica, in collaboration with the National Center on Senior Transportation (NCST), will be holding an all day event at the Aging in America conference in Chicago which is being held from March 15-19 at the Hyatt Regency Chicago Hotel.

ITNAmerica’s program is called “Social Enterprise and Senior Mobility,” and will feature presentations by various leaders in the transportation field discussing senior mobility and how to collaborate with individual communities to build sustainable senior transportation services. Familiar presenters include ITNAmerica President and Executive Director, Katherine Freund and Executive Director of ITNBluegrass™, Gale Reece. Their presentations will provide an overview of ITN®s efforts to establish a national network of transportation services for older adults, modeled after the Independent Transportation Network®.

Other presenters include Fran Carlin-Rogers, Senior Transportation Consultant of Carlin-Rogers Consulting LLC; Bonnie Dobbs, Director of The Medically At-Risk Driver Center at the University of Alberta; Joyce Gallagher, Executive Director of the Chicago Department of Family and Support Services; and Laura Robbins, Program Executive at Atlantic Philanthropies, among others.

The conference includes over 600 workshops and 200 poster sessions throughout the five days, and all plan to address what’s new, what’s important, what works and how it can be done in individual communities. Aging in America 2010 is sponsored by the National Council on Aging and the American Society on Aging and is held annually every spring.

Supplemental Transportation in Georgia

January 12, 2010

A Georgia Department of Human Services Workshop

The workshop is sponsored by the DHS Unified Transportation Office and DHS Division of Aging Services.

January 12, 2010
8:30am – 4:15pm
The Methodist Home for Children & Youth, 304 Pierce Ave., Macon , GA

Ernie Ott provides an overview of ITNAmerica and our affiliation program in the morning plenary session, and a break-out session describing our affiliation process for interested communities in the afternoon.

ITNOrlando™ mentioned on

January 11, 2010

With start-up assistance from the Winter Park Health Foundation and administrative support from the Senior Resource Alliance, ITN for Central Florida was established in fall 2006. The program was later developed into a separate 501(c)3 non-profit organization known as ITNOrlando™. The program is operating to offer door-through-door, arm-through-arm, dignified transportation service to seniors and adults with visual impairments, and peace of mind to their families.

ITN service is available in Eatonville, Maitland, Winter Park and a number of adjacent neighborhoods. Its service area will grow with additional volunteers and private resources. Eventually, the ITN could expand throughout Central Florida.

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ITNBluegrass™ event a tasty success

January 11, 2010

Just before Christmas, ITNBluegrass hosted a holiday event at the Mayfair Village, where volunteers and members got together to share holiday recipes and traditions, and to hear food tips and gift ideas from Sharon Thomson, Herald-Leader columnist and author of Flavors of Kentucky. Members and volunteers were asked to submit their own recipes and traditions ahead of time, so that ITNBluegrass could compile them into booklet called Stirring Up Holiday Memories.

The evening heard from members and volunteers as they shared touching holiday traditions and tasty recipes such as the famous Lowe Family Whiskey Cake and an Applesauce Nut Bread. You can read about their traditions and take a look at these recipes and others at Sharon Thomson’s blog, Flavors of Kentucky.

Transportation Research Board Annual Meeting: Washington, DC

January 10, 2010

Jan 9 – 13, 2010

The TRB Annual Meeting program covers all transportation modes, with more than 3,000 presentations in nearly 600 sessions addressing topics of interest to all attendees—policy makers, administrators, practitioners, researchers, and representatives of government, industry, and academic institutions. The spotlight theme for 2010 is Investing in Our Transportation Future – BOLD Ideas to Meet BIG Challenges.

ITNBluegrass™ Volunteer Driver Trainings

January 5, 2010

This week, ITNBluegrass will give its 3,600th ride in Fayette County and as our membership grows, so does our need for drivers!  Please consider making a New Year’s resolution that will count by giving two hours this month or next to learn about how you can make a difference in the lives of people who no longer drive!

You’ll also hear about our driver benefits, which include a free ITNBluegrass membership to give to someone plus options on what to do with your mileage.  The best benefit, though, is the good feeling you’ll get by helping others remain active and independent.

December was a record month with 326 rides! As you might imagine, most rides are M-F during the day, but a growing number of customers are scheduling weekend and evening rides, so we can really use you no matter what your schedule is like!

Below is a list of upcoming Volunteer Driver trainings for January and February.  As always, I can schedule others if these days/times don’t work for you.  Thank you!


Laura Dake
Deputy Director


Thursday, January 7 9:00-11:00 am
Tuesday, January 12 9:00-11:00 am
Friday, January 15 1:30-3:30 pm
Monday, January 25 11:00 am-1:00 pm
Saturday, January 30 9:00-11:00 am

Friday, February 5 12:30-2:30 pm
Tuesday, February 16 9:00-11:00 am
Monday, February 22 10:00 am-12:00 pm

All trainings are in the conference room at the ITNBluegrass office, which is located at 1206 N Limestone Street, in Arlington Christian Church. Parking is in the back of the church.

Please  call Laura at 859.252.8665 to ask questions or to say you’ll attend. (Attending a training session does not obligate you to drive.)