Archive for August, 2011

Transit program in works for [Detroit] region

August 25, 2011

A nonprofit organization, ITNMetroDetroit — short for Independent Transportation Network — is being organized to provide “dignified” rides to seniors and the visually impaired 24/7 in private unmarked cars, said Robert Tell, president of the 501(c)3.

This is good news for Oakland, Macomb and Wayne County residents. ITNMetroDetroit also has backing from the Area Agency on Aging as well as the American Association for Retired Persons.

Read more at the Oakland Press »

The Good Old Days? A Lunchtime seminar with Katherine Freund, founder of ITN America

August 22, 2011

Katherine Freund is the founder and President of ITN America®. The Independent Transportation Network® (ITN) allows seniors to maintain their independence and their dignity by providing and supporting sustainable, community-based transportation services. With safe transportation, older adults remain vital to the economic and social health of their communities. Mobility empowers them. They stay connected to family, friends and community, businesses retain their valuable customers, and importantly, adult children find relief from a daunting and complex problem. Katherine was recently featured in the Wall Street Journal as one of the “12 People Who Are Changing Your Retirement.”

The Young Foundation has been involved in innovation around ageing for decades. Michael Young pioneered new thinking about active ageing, and helped create many new organisations, from the University of the Third Age to Grandparents Plus. Today our work encompasses research and the design and launch of new ventures that can better meet the needs of older people.

In this lunchtime seminar Katherine will provide an introduction to the work of ITN America, the philosophy and inspiration behind it, and consider what innovations could make the most difference to elderly people in the UK.

The event will be held in the Michael Young Room at the Young Foundation – to RSVP please reply to by Monday 22 August.

See the full post at the Young Foundation »

ITNRacineCounty “Rummage for Rides” Saturday, August 27, 2011

August 15, 2011

ITNRacineCounty (Independent Transportation Network) is driven to keep senior transportation costs reasonable and affordable.  “Rummage for Rides” is a fundraising rummage sale with all proceeds benefiting the non-profit ITN transportation service.  Items for sale included Hallmark collectable ornaments, kitchenware, lamps, racks and more.  “Rummage for Rides” is Saturday, August 27, 8:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m., at 4900 Spring Street.

Rummage Sale Accepted and Unaccepted Donation List

ITN is looking for donations of items that are clean and in good working order.  Saleable goods include (but are not limited to) books, collectables, cookware, kitchenware, knick-knacks, pictures, small furniture, and toys.

Due to disposal issues we are not able to accept the following donations:

  • Chemicals
  • Large exercise equipment
  • Baby cribs and gates
  • Televisions
  • Typewriters
  • Computers, word processors and copy machines
  • Metal desks
  • Pianos and organs
  • Ping pong and pool tables
  • Halogen flood lights
  • Wood burners
  • Range hoods
  • Large home appliances
  • Plumbing fixtures
  • Lawn mowers
  • Head or foot boards
  • Mattresses and box springs
  • Water beds
  • Kerosene lanterns
  • Space heaters
  • Construction materials
  • Carpeting
  • Clothing
  • Microwave ovens.

Items are being collected Monday through Friday, now through August 25, at 4900 Spring Street, Suite 104, 8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

ITNRacineCounty (Independent Transportation Network) provides affordable transportation options for seniors aged 60+ and those with visual impairments.  It replicates the feeling of personal car ownership by giving rides in volunteers’ vehicles any day, any time and for any reason!  Volunteers set up their own availability schedule and earn transportation credits for mileage driven.

Call 262-554-1091 for rummage sale, Rider-Membership or volunteer information.

New law strengthens transportation options for seniors

August 15, 2011

Governor Pat Quinn [Illinois] today signed legislation to protect volunteer drivers from being denied auto coverage or paying extra for car insurance premiums simply because the driver is a volunteer driver.

House Bill 1378 also prohibits insurers from imposing a surcharge on or increasing the rate for a vehicle policy solely due to the fact one or more of the vehicle’s drivers is a volunteer driver.

Read more »

ITNAmerica: Practical Solutions for Senior Mobility

August 12, 2011

Read about ITNAmerica in the Gas Buddy Blog »

When seniors have to relinquish keys, new services step in

August 9, 2011

Edith Hall and her friend Ivy Large have shared a lot of life over the past two decades, after Hall’s son married Large’s daughter and Large moved across the street from Hall.

Lately, they have started sharing rides, too — to the doctor, to the bank, for shopping and lunches.

Without a car, but with plenty of zest for independence, they have stayed mobile through a ride service called ITNSarasota, a volunteer-based nonprofit modeled on an organization started in Maine.

Read the fully story at the Herald-Tribune »

Ride services help seniors remain independent

August 6, 2011

Read about ITNSarasota at the Herald-Tribune »

Too old to drive? Group helps seniors get where they need to go

August 6, 2011

Read about ITNOrlando at the Orlando Sentinel »

Driving services help senior mobility without spending public money

August 4, 2011

Read about ITNAmerica at

ITNGreaterCincinnati: Deaconess Associations Foundation to Host Annual Golf Outing

August 3, 2011

21st annual event benefits helping
Cincinnati senior citizens ‘age in place’

Grab your clubs and some friends to end the summer with a golf game for a good cause at the 21st annual Deaconess Golf Outing on Monday, September 26 at Maketewah Country Club in Cincinnati.

Outing proceeds help the Deaconess Associations Foundation (DAF) bring the latest in senior independence technology to the aging population. Last year the golf outing raised $46,000.

This year’s golf outing will help finance the newest in senior technology for Cottingham, a Sharonville retirement community owned by Deaconess, said Pat Ward, executive director at Deaconess Assns. Foundation (DAF).

“Everyone recognizes that institutional care for the aging is extraordinarily expensive,” said Ward. “If we can keep seniors in their homes longer, they will be happier and healthier at a cost that is considerably less than nursing home care.

“There is new technology out there that will help seniors remain independent in their own homes, whether that home is in a neighborhood or retirement community. We want to bring it into Cottingham for the benefit of residents.”

Foursome rate is $1,000, individual golfer rate is $275, and “Partner with your Parent” is a special twosome rate of $450. All packages include lunch and dinner.

Registration, driving range and putting green will be from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.; scramble and shotgun start will commence shortly thereafter. Dinner and awards will be held at 5 p.m.

Maketewah Country Club is located at 5401 Reading Road in Cincinnati. To donate, register or sponsor, go to and click DONATE, or call (513) 559-2664.

DAF is a member of Deaconess Associations, which owns and operates long term care facilities in Ohio, Kansas and Missouri, Deaconess Hospital in Cincinnati and The Heimlich Institute. DAF helps older adults experience more vibrant, active and fulfilling lives by providing and supporting programs and resources for senior citizens aging in place. FullLife ( and Independent Transportation Network of Greater Cincinnati ( are DAF-supported initiatives.

For more information about DAF programs and resources for senior citizens aging in place, go to or