Archive for November, 2013

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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