Archive for September, 2011

Transportation services offer seniors chance to stay active

September 26, 2011

Getting out and around became more complicated for Ed and Lilyann Yokel when they moved out of their home and into an assisted living facility last spring. The couple, who are in their 90s, were used to depending on friends and neighbors for rides to various appointments and engagements. But, such arrangements were no longer convenient in their new neighborhood.

In an effort to help their parents maintain as much of their lifestyle as possible, the Yokels’ three sons – who all live in other states – found a solution to their transportation needs in ITNRacineCounty. ITN stands for Independent Transportation Network, and Racine County’s program is part of a network of 16 ITNAmerica affiliates nationwide – the purpose of which is to provide sustainable, community-based transportation services for seniors.

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Watch Katherine Freund on HLN (formerly known as CNN Headline News) in Breakthrough Women

September 25, 2011

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ITNCoastalCT Celebrates 1,000th Ride for Seniors

September 16, 2011

ITNCoastalCT, which bills itself as a “dignified” transportation service for seniors, today held a celebration of the 1,000th ride offered by the program in Westport and five other nearby communities.

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Read about ITNAmerica‘s CarTrade program in the American Society on Aging quarterly newsletter, Aging Today. Learn about ITN members who have traded their cars for rides and how it has helped their families.

September 14, 2011

Every Tuesday morning at 9 a.m., Vicky Hodgkins goes line dancing at the South Portland Community Center. From there she heads to a friend’s home for lunch and a game of cards, and at 3 p.m., returns home.

Hodgkins is using her car, but she is not driving. Instead, she is using the Independent Transportation Network (ITN), a service that allows older people to trade their cars for rides. Vicky learned about ITN from her daughter, Julie, who heard about it at the hospital where she works.

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ITNCentralCT interviewed on West Hartford Community Television

September 12, 2011

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Sarasota Herald-Tribune: Getting Together to Help Get Around

September 8, 2011

by Jim Brown, Sarasota Herald-Tribune,

ITNSarasota (the Independent Transportation Network) is a mostly volunteer nonprofit organization that provides rides to seniors and any adults with vision impairment.

Volunteer drivers take people no longer able to drive to the grocery store, doctor’s office, movie, play, concert, beauty or barber shop or just to meet friends for lunch 24/7 every day of the year. The drivers not only give their services but provide their own cars.

Riders are charged an annual fee, plus so much per mile, based on length of the trip, but provision is made for low-income riders.

The fee only covers about 30 percent of the cost, with the balance made up by contributions. ITN started in January 2010, with six rides. Last month it provided almost 400.

See where am I heading?

Put the two together. Set up your fund — perhaps asking a family member or some outfit like the Community Foundation of Sarasota County to handle it.

From the fund pay reasonable ITN fees — fees that more truly reflect actual costs but still would be nowhere near what you would have to pay on the open market.

And — the hidden gold mine — tap the reservoir of younger retirees, of whom there are thousands here, who are looking for areas to serve.

Speaking of volunteers, ITN is staging a “Walk for Rides” fundraiser next March 3 at Phillippi Estate Park and could sure use walkers and other volunteers to help stage the event.

Plus, the more volunteer drivers they get, the more rides they can offer.

Call Donna Dunio, executive director, at 364-7530 if you are interested.

There is, incidentally, one major side benefit area residents of all ages would gain from success of these programs. A lot of people who really should not be driving would find a safe answer to preserving the mobility they do not want to give up.

Old People Driving, a film about the end of the road

September 8, 2011

Old People Driving chronicles the adventures of 96-year-old Milton and 99-year-old Herbert as they confront the end of their driving years. The film follows Herbert as he takes his last drive, hands over his keys and comes to terms with the reality of life without a car. Milton, meanwhile, continues to drive every day and vows to do so until he feels he’s no longer safe on the road. Through their stories, and a review of the latest traffic safety research, the film dispels some of the myths about elderly drivers without shying away from the fact that many will outlive their ability to drive safely.

Old People Driving has screened at film festivals around the country and has received awards including Best Short Documentary at the Phoenix Film Festival, an honorable mention at the Los Angeles International Film Festival, and the Margaret and William Hearst Award for Excellence in Documentary Film. The film is distributed to the educational market by New Day Films.

Old People Driving
Documentary short
Runtime: 24 minutes
Subtitled for the hearing impaired

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ITNStCharles Keeping Seniors Mobile

September 7, 2011

According to a recent study by the Independent Transportation Network (ITN), Americans may outlive
their ability to drive safely by six to ten years. Many older adults don’t recognize the changes in their driving skills until it is too late. They want to maintain the freedom, flexibility and independence that operating their own vehicle affords. But, sadly, some become safety statistics before they realize that they should
have made changes in their driving habits sooner rather than later. Americans are living longer and there will continue to be more issues dealing with transportation for seniors. So, what are the safe alternatives when a senior has to give up their vehicle?

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