Archive for 2013

Partnership benefits senior transportation needs

December 31, 2013

Bayley, a continuing care retirement community in Delhi will be partnering with Independent Transportation Network Greater Cincinnati beginning in January.

Seniors often become isolated in their own homes when they no longer drive. Friends and family members are not always available to meet the needs. ITN’s volunteer based transportation service brings the community together by offering rides every day of the week to our neighbors at rates they can afford. Trips to the hairdresser, shopping or luncheon dates can again be part of the monthly calendar.

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Volunteers transport those who can’t drive

December 30, 2013

When Noel Stegner wants to meet a friend for lunch, needs to run an errand or visit his doctor, he simply gets in his car and drives. It’s a simple task for most people, but he knows some don’t have that luxury.

The Fort Thomas native remembers when his family had to tell his grandfather, back in the 1970s, that it was no longer safe for him to drive.

“I can still remember his face. He was so independent, and he was devastated,” Stegner, 73, said of his grandfather. “After all these years, it still bothers me.”

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A driving force helps elderly

December 16, 2013

Independent Transportation Network Lehigh Valley began providing rides for seniors age 60 and older and visually impaired adults in October.

Our dedicated group of volunteer drivers has logged nearly 400 miles and helped seniors stay connected to families, friends and activities that bring meaning to their lives. Two drivers work but find the time in their busy schedules to be a part of this much needed service.

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Everyone was so happy to have Jeanne back. Her independence was restored.

December 3, 2013

Jeanne, who is in her 90′s, wishes to remain active as long as possible. She volunteers twice a week at her church and at an elementary school. A few months ago, Jeanne had to stop driving because of a vision problem. She could no longer volunteer because she did not have a ride. When she heard about ITNLehighValley™, she immediately signed up and has resumed her volunteer activities. Everyone was so happy to have Jeanne back. Her independence was restored.

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Senior citizen transportation options addressed

November 25, 2013

What do you do when you notice Mom’s driving skills aren’t as sharp as they used to be? How do you provide transportation for Dad when the doctor says he needs to turn in the keys?

ITNRacineCounty, 6216 Washington Ave., Suite G, provides affordable transportation options for seniors ages 55 and older and those with visual impairments. It replicates the feeling of personal car ownership by giving rides in volunteers’ vehicles at any time.

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For older citizens, lack of transportation a daily struggle

November 7, 2013

Katherine Freund is well aware of the complexity of the transportation problem confronting the nation – and particularly rural states such as Maine – as an estimated 10,000 baby boomers turn 65 every day in the U.S.

Lack of public transit, limited pools of taxpayer dollars and senior citizens’ reluctance to “burden” anyone else are a few of the challenges communities face as they struggle to help older residents who either cannot or should not get behind the wheel.

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Westporter gets award for helping seniors with transportation

November 7, 2013

Westporter Peggy Kamins, long committed to social activism in Westport and surrounding communities, is the inaugural recipient of a national award known as the John Alexander Award for Leadership and Excellence from ITNAmerica, a national organization that offers independent, dignified transportation for senior citizens.

The local chapter of the national network is known as ITNCoastalCT which serves seniors and the visually impaired in six local towns, including Westport. Since 2008, Kamins was drawn to the concept of helping seniors stay independent for as long as possible in their homes where they can age in place with grace and dignity aided by volunteer drivers who could alleviate the many problems that surface when it is no longer possible to drive one’s own car safely.

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ITNCentralOklahoma will take seniors where they need to go

November 6, 2013

Problems with her vision forced Carol Hansen to retire not only as a judge on the Oklahoma Court of Civil Appeals, but from driving a car.

“Take life with whatever it hands you, but I’m fine with it as long as I have someone to help me drive,” Hansen said. “That’s just critical, absolutely critical.”

Hansen’s daughter, Elizabeth Hatcher, read about ITNAmerica and thought it would be useful to her mother.

ITNAmerica is a national nonprofit transportation system for older and visually impaired adults.

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Founder of Maine’s ITNAmerica to testify in DC

November 6, 2013

The founder of the Maine-based ITNAmerica plans to testify before the Senate Special Committee on Aging, which is examining transportation challenges facing the nation’s seniors.

Wednesday’s hearing will focus on options — both publicly and privately funded — that allow seniors to continue to live independently after they are no longer able to drive.

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Shucking for Seniors helps ITN CharlestonTrident

October 25, 2013

The Independent Transportation Network (ITN) CharlestonTrident, will hold its fifth annual Oyster Roast, Shucking for Seniors, on Sunday, Oct. 27, from 2 to 5 p.m. at Bowens Island Restaurant, located at 1870 Bowens Island Road.

One hundred percent of the proceeds support ITNCharlestonTrident’s dignified transportation program for seniors and the visually impaired in Charleston County. Operating for over six years; ITN is a non-profit organization that provides more than 500 rides a month to seniors 60 and older and visually impaired adults utilizing volunteer and paid drivers. Riders become members of ITN and schedule their door-through-door rides in advance. The South Carolina Aging in Place Coalition is a non-profit organization advocating for people to prepare to remain in their residence; independently, comfortably and safely.

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