Lori Fidler, Executive Director of ITNMetroDetroit appears on Comcast Newsmakers to talk about the importance of transportation for seniors. For more information, please visit www.itnmetrodetroit.org
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“This is not just a ride to and from the health center or the grocery store, but an opportunity for residents of the same town to build connectivity and for organizations to increase their collaborative impact within the community,” said Jean Patel-Bushnell, executive director of ITNGreaterBoston
“Mobility for our older adult population reduces isolation and enables our parents and grandparents to continue to be important contributing members of our society, which is one of the many reasons we partnered with the MetroWest Health Foundation to launch ITNGreaterBoston locally,” said David Abelman, president of the Tufts Health Plan Foundation.
A local nonprofit that provides rides to senior citizens received a grant Tuesday worth $10,000, about a sixth of the organization’s 2011 budget.
ITNRacineCounty was awarded $10,000 from the Wal-Mart Foundation’s “12 Days of Giving” holiday campaign. The campaign will award $1.5 million to 140 organizations meeting people’s basic needs across the country. Organizations were first nominated on Facebook in November and then were reviewed by Wal-Mart associates and a Wal-Mart Foundation panel, with winners chosen from more than 21,677 nominations, according to a press release.
The Independent Transportation Network of Greater Los Angeles only has nine drivers servicing Westside seniors unable to drive on their own, and demand is increasing. Watch the video below.
“Some people don’t have the eyesight or mobility to catch a bus, or the money it takes to call a cab, yet everyone wants to engage in a social life,” said Schuster. ”ITNGC allows people to stay active and connected to their friends and community, as well as build a friendship with their driver.”
The 10,000th rider was Louise Stalnaker, 72, of Terrace Park, who uses the affordable membership transportation service to go to church, the hairdresser, the Alzheimer Center and volunteer each week at Christ Church Episcopal Cathedral’s 5,000 Club, a free weekly dinner for the homeless and hungry.
The donation from AT&T will help the service publicize the need for more volunteer drivers to help transport its clients.
Since 2009, ITN North Central Connecticut has given more than 14,000 rides and that number is expected to rise.
“Last year, we had about 325 rides a month, and now we’re up to 550 a month,” said executive director Margaret Smith Hale. “It’s growing every day, and we’re just trying to be proactive.”
A new program is promising to put the Motor City in reach of senior citizens who have hung up the car keys for good.
Starting this November, a nonprofit senior transportation group called Independent Transportation Network Metro Detroit is scheduled to begin hitting the roads of Oakland County and parts of Detroit.
Independent Transportation Network Las Vegas Valley had its 25,000 rider, Sept. 19. This may not seem impressive to some, but considering that the company first launched in the Las Vegas region with its grand opening rides in September of 2010 and marked their 5,000th ride a little more than a year later, things seem to be moving rather quickly.
This latest achievement took place at Annabelle Pines. The riders were Janet & Walter Stevens, who were going to visit a family member in Prestige Assisted Living at Mira Loma, near the corner of Wigwam & Pecos.
The Stevens have been receiving rides from ITN since January.
“We’re loyal customers,” the couple said.”We just call and they know our voices.”
Maine State Police are teaming up with a non-profit group in Westbrook in an attempt to curb a growing problem in the state, older drivers who should not be behind the wheel.
More than 150 people gathered Nov. 3 at Manor House in Mason to honor Dr. Henry J. Heimlich, the innovative thoracic surgeon who devised and developed six medical breakthroughs during his 60-year medical career.