Archive for May, 2014

How this Maine woman could revolutionize travel for older, rural Mainers

May 9, 2014

Despite all the advances the United States has made since the first automobiles motored onto the nation’s roadways, the country still doesn’t have a good solution to a big — and growing — problem: lack of access to reliable transportation in rural areas.

That is, unless people start thinking differently about the transportation model itself and how it’s funded.

Katherine Freund, 64, of Portland still remembers the exact moment she realized how to make community-based transportation services viable for more people, especially older adults. It was 1989, when she was 39 …

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Options for seniors who don’t drive: ‘Mobility is fundamental to happiness’

May 9, 2014

Tufts of pink clouds hang in the sky as Leonard Trunsky makes his way out of his West Bloomfield home just before 7 a.m.

He switches off the light behind him and walks through the garage to the same car that waits for five mornings each week.

At 87, the former steel man doesn’t drive anymore.

Rather, his nearly-daily trip to Temple Israel to honor his late wife, Roslyn, is provided by ITNAmerica, a Maine-based network of volunteers that offers rides to seniors who can no longer drive.

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