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Archive for September, 2010
Weston senior citizens looking for rides to medical appointments and other destinations will now have more options.
The United Way of Coastal Fairfield County has given a $25,000 grant to ITNCoastalCT (Independent Transportation Network), a local non-profit organization, to support “dignified transportation” for seniors and visually impaired adults in Westport, Weston, Norwalk, Fairfield, Wilton and Easton.
Joe Tallman, 24 and physically fit, felt about 60 years older on Tuesday when he was zipped into a senior citizen driving simulator suit and put behind a steering wheel.
Outfitted with strategically placed weights and braces from neck to ankles, the suit creates the feeling of restricted movement, arthritis and fatigue that many elderly drivers must contend with.
The purpose behind the senior simulator, which was available Tuesday at Millennium Park, was to help facilitate a necessary but often uncomfortable dialogue between family members and their elderly parents and grandparents who still drive—and perhaps shouldn’t.
The Daily Westport
Westporter Leslie Wolf is driven to keep local senior citizens on the move. And as president of ITNCoastalCT, a nonprofit transportation system, Leslie is doing her part to make sure seniors always have a ride — 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
About two years ago, after hearing the challenges many seniors faced with transportation, Leslie joined a group of volunteers who later formed ITNCoastalCT, an affiliate of ITNAmerica, a nonprofit organization that provides transportation to seniors and the visually impaired.
ITNCharlestonTrident recognized and thanked the SCAIP (South Carolina Aging in Place) members who participated in the ITN Day of Caring project during their September 22nd meeting.
The SCAIP members/ITN volunteer drives were presented a framed picture of the driver with their member rider.
For those volunteer drivers who we were unable to take a picture of their ride, a snapshot of SCAIP Chair Janet Schumacher providing her ride was substituted and everyone seemed to be quite pleased with the keepsake.
Barbara Franklin was awarded the special ITN “Classic Auto” recognition piece for her exceptional work and commitment to make the 2010 ITN/SCAIP Day of Caring project a huge success.
Over 7000 volunteers in the Lowcountry participated in hundreds of Trident United Way’s Day of Caring projects on September 14th, 2010.
A drawing was conducted for those 10 volunteers who participated in the Day of Caring with David Heilman and Janet Schumacher each winning two tickets to the Cinebarre cinema and more in Mount Pleasant and an oil change certificate from East Cooper Auto Pros, Inc., also in Mount Pleasant (you did not need to be present to win).
Thank you, again, everyone. GREAT JOB!
WHAT: ITNLasVegasValley – Grand Opening 1st Ride Event
WHEN: Wednesday, September 22, 2010, 9:30 a.m
WHERE: Henderson Chamber of Commerce
590 S. Boulder Highway
ITNLasVegasValley is a new transportation program serving seniors 60+ and visually impaired adults living in Henderson and near-by neighborhoods. The service replicates private automobile ownership in that rides are in passenger cars (no vans or buses), they are available 24/7, and they can be taken any time, anywhere for any purpose, without restriction. The Grand Opening will celebrate inauguration of this new transportation service with the following highlights:
• Remarks by Katherine Freund, Founder of the Independent Transportation Network (ITN)®
• Remarks by Henderson Mayor Andy Hafen
• Ribbon Cutting with Henderson elected officials, Henderson Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors, RTC General Manager Jacob Snow, ITNLasVegasValley corporate sponsors, Board of Directors and staff
• “Look Who’s Driving Now” celebrity ride provided by Mayor Hafen
On September 21st, Liberty Mutual holds an event called “National Conversation Drive” in downtown Chicago.
The event is designed to get adult children of senior drivers to “have the conversation” with their aging loved ones about safe driving behavior and transportation alternatives. It is Liberty Mutual Insurance’s latest effort in its ongoing campaign to raise awareness and support the issues around senior driving and senior transportation.
Throughout the event, participants will engage with interactive tools (e.g. the senior simulator suit) that prepare them to start the sensitive conversation, as well as be introduced to alternative transportation options through ITNAmerica. The participants can “pledge” (or commit) to have this conversation online at LibertyMutual.com/seniordriving. For every conversation pledged, Liberty Mutual Insurance will donate the cost of a ride to help fund alternative senior transportation through ITNAmerica. To find out more about “National Conversation Drive”, please go to libertymutualinteractive.com/ncd.
Leslie Wolf (President of ITNCoastalCT) received the Elizabeth Roberts Award at the annual United Way of Coastal Fairfield County Celebration on Wednesday, September 15, 2010. The award is given to an individual whose commitment as a volunteer has served the Greater Westport Community in Connecticut.
Leslie Wolf became involved with ITNCoastalCT while doing volunteer work for the Westport Department of Human Services. After attending meetings about the transportation challenges faced by seniors, she joined a group of fellow community volunteers to tackle the issue on how to provide options for seniors. Realizing the need for this service and how a solution would improve the quality of life for seniors, Leslie became committed to making the ITNCoastalCT senior transportation program a reality. With Leslie’s leadership and the commitment and hard work of many, the ITNCoastalCT will be launched this year! In addition to her commitment to ITNCoastalCT Leslie is involved in the community through PTA, sports teams, Norwalk Grassroots Tennis, Staples High School Tuition Grants Committee, and the Westport Department of Human Services. She and her husband have three sons and a daughter ages 17 – 27. They have lived in Westport for 15 years. The most rewarding aspect of this project for Leslie is the opportunity to be part of a long lasting change in the way we age in our communities – mobile, independent, and healthier. “We’re dealing with a vulnerable population stuck in their homes and they should be able to go where they want to go, as well as where they need to go. This program allows seniors to be connected to the community, remain active and stay healthy longer. I have learned so much and the relationships and connections with the wonderful people I have met and work with are what keep me involved.”
On September 14th, members of the South Carolina Aging In Place Coalition (SCAIP) provided 100% of ITNCharlestonTrident’s rides as their Trident United Way “Day of Caring” project. Led by SCAIP and ITNCharlestonTrident’s Volunteer Chair and driver, Barbara Franklin, the volunteers provided all 29 rides for the day. This is the first time ITNCharlestonTrident has achieved 100% volunteer coverage for this number of rides in one day. Barbara provided the first ride at 8am and her last ride was at 9:45pm, seven rides in total for Barbara for the day. SCAIP Chair, Janet Schumacher, joined fellow SCAIP members in providing dignified transportation to the ITN member riders. On this date, over 6000 volunteers participated in hundreds of Day of Caring projects throughout the Lowcountry of South Carolina. Barbara is congratulated for leading and organizing this outstanding effort by SCAIP members serving as ITN Volunteer Drivers. THANK YOU, Barbara!