Archive for May, 2015

Nashville Public Television: Aging Matters – Aging in Place

May 29, 2015

NPT Reports Aging in Place

The fifth installment in Nashville Public Television’s NPT Reports: Aging Matters series examines what it takes for Tennesseans to successfully age in place.

It’s what most of us say we want, to age in our own home until the end of our lives. But aging in place is no guarantee of a high quality of life. And as we age, our needs may change. Will we be able to climb the stairs, reach those upper cabinets, and manage the upkeep any home requires?

In the documentary you will hear from Americans facing decisions now. What are the common challenges, are there examples of people making it work?

Watch the video online here

Tucson News Now: Drivers needed to assist older residents who can’t drive themselves

May 22, 2015

Kathy Wilson of ITNGreaterTucson featured on Tucson News Now!

Drivers needed to assist older residents who can't drive themselves

Drivers needed to assist older residents who can't drive themselves

Watch the video online here

NewsOK: Nonprofit helps seniors give up their keys, not their mobility

May 19, 2015

A national nonprofit aims to provide safe and affordable transportation for older adults in the Oklahoma City area come fall.

Independent Transportation Network (ITN) of Central Oklahoma, an affiliate of Maine-based ITN-America, is recruiting community volunteers to transport older men and women who can no longer safely drive.

Katherine Freund, ITN America’s founder, said the organization wants to put friendly, compassionate volunteer drivers in the driver’s seat so that older adults may transition to the passenger’s seat.

“I don’t call it giving up driving, because that feels like a negative thing. When in reality, if you make a transition to the passenger seat when it’s no longer safe to drive, that’s not a negative thing, that’s positive thing,” Freund said.

Read the full article online here

5 facts about older drivers

May 8, 2015

For Immediate Release

Contact:  Lisa Wolff, Marketing & Communications Manager lisa.wolff@itnamerica.org 207-591-6942

5 facts about older drivers

If these facts resonate with you, ITN
America wants to hear and share your stories!

PORTLAND, Maine – May 2015 – In honor of National Older Americans Month, ITNAmerica would like to share with you five important facts about older drivers:
Seniors Driving
1. By 2030, 1 out of every 5 Americans – more than 70 million people – will be 65 or older while many age-related changes that pose risks to safe driving begin even earlier.

2. Most Americans outlive their decision to stop driving by about a decade and continue to rely on rides with others in private automobiles for their transportation.

3. About 90% of trips for people over 65 are taken in the private automobile, as drivers or passengers, while 8% of trips are walking and only 2% are using public transit.

4. Transportation is the second-highest household expense after housing – comprising more than 20% of household expenditures.

5. At the last White House Conference on Aging (in 2005), delegates voted transportation options as the third-highest national policy priority, ahead of Medicare and Social Security.

Do any of these ring true to you? We want to hear and share your story!

Why? Because the Independent Transportation Network celebrates the 20th anniversary of the first ride by the only national transportation network for seniors, the Independent Transportation Network, this summer. In honor of this milestone, ITNAmerica Founder and President Katherine Freund is taking a 60-day cross-country road trip to broadcast these stories and gather materials for a book she will write about the people she meets, their stories, and her journey. The tour starts June 16th in Portland, Maine and ends August 14th.

Please visit www.storybooktour.org to submit your story. Like us on facebook and follow us on twitter to follow along with the tour.

Aging and losing your ability to drive doesn’t need to mean losing your ability to live a free and independent life. ITNAmerica knows this first hand. Help us make it known to even more people.

About ITNAmerica

ITNAmerica® is America’s only national, non-profit, community-based transportation service for older people and people with visual impairments, providing door-through-door and arm-through-arm service. ITN began as a single transportation service in Portland, Maine nearly 20 years ago and has since grown into a network of 27 affiliated communities in 21 states from coast to coast.

About the ITN Storybook Tour

ITN’s Freund is putting her mileage where her mouth is by buckling up for the ITN Storybook Tour this summer. The 60-day cross-country road trip kicks off June 16, the day ITN gave its very first ride. Why? Sixty-four-year-old Freund wants to rally the nation to recognize the importance of mobility for people who can no longer drive, and own the solution for the next 20 years.

The ITN Storybook Tour celebrates and punctuates the spirit of volunteerism, political action, passion and endurance that will be necessary to rally the nation in support of providing sustainable senior mobility solutions at a time when it has never been more needed.

About Katherine Freund

Katherine Freund is an award-winning national expert on transportation solutions for America’s aging baby boomers who are planning for their retirement or can no longer drive. She has been featured on C-Span and in the New York Times, Forbes and Consumer Reports. Her passion for transportation safety ignited 27 years ago, when her three-year-old son was run over by an 84-year-old driver.

About Rides in Sight

Rides in Sight is ITNAmerica‘s national database providing access to more than 15,000 transportation services through a web site (www.ridesinsight.org) and toll-free hotline (1-855-60-RIDES) for older and visually impaired people.

Are you one of 3 million Americans who miss or delay medical or eye doctor appointments because you don’t have a ride?

May 8, 2015

For Immediate Release

Contact: Lisa Wolff, Marketing & Communications Manager
lisa.wolff@itnamerica.org
207-591-6942

Are you one of 3 million Americans who miss or delay medical or eye doctor appointments because you don’t have a ride?

ITNAmericaunderstands that access to transportation can pose a serious barrier to health and wants to hear and tell your stories about transportation barriersand solutions!

PORTLAND, Maine – May 2015 – In the spirit of Healthy Vision Month, ITNAmerica wants to hear how access to transportation has either saved your vision or helped you or your loved one stay independent in the face of vision impairment or loss.

According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, approximately 3.6 million Americans miss or delay medical appointments every year because they don’t have a ride to the doctor. This number, of course, includes medical eyecare appointments – and routine medical eye exams can make a tremendous difference in protecting against vision loss.

The National Eye Institute, founder of Healthy Vision Month, recommends comprehensive dilated eye exams annually for anyone over the age of 60, anyone with Diabetes, and for African Americans – who are at a higher risk for glaucoma. These dilated eye exams can go a long way in diagnosing diseases such as diabetic retinopathy, age-related macular degeneration, and glaucoma so they can be treated before vision loss occurs. Often times, early detection happens before any noticeable symptoms.

Sometimes early detection is not an option and you experience vision loss from these diseases. Either way, transportation is very important to protecting healthy vision and to living healthy lives.

We want to hear your stories about how access to transportation has changed your life, relating to vision conditions or otherwise. The only national transportation network for seniors, the Independent Transportation Network of America, celebrates the 20th anniversary of the first ride this summer. In honor of this milestone and ITN’s dignified transportation mission, ITNAmerica Founder and President Katherine Freund is taking a 60-day cross-country road trip to broadcast these stories and gather materials for a book she will write about the people she meets, their stories, and her journey. The tour starts June 16th in Portland, Maine and ends August 14th.

Please visit www.storybooktour.org to submit your story. Like us on facebook and follow us on twitter to follow along with the tour.

If you need a ride, ITN’s Rides in Sight searchable online database (www.ridesinsight.org) and toll-free hotline (855-607-4337) provide you with details about the kind of transportation solutions available in your local community. We list 15,000 transportation providers and are adding new ones to the database all the time.

Aging and losing your ability to drive or to see does not have to mean losing your ability to live. ITNAmerica knows that first hand. Help us make it known to even more people.

About ITNAmerica

ITNAmerica® is America’s only national, non-profit, community-based transportation service for older people and people with visual impairments, providing door-through-door and arm-through-arm service. ITN began as a single transportation service in Portland, Maine nearly 20 years ago and has since grown into a network of 27 affiliated communities in 21 states from coast to coast.

About the ITN Storybook Tour

ITN’s Freund is putting her mileage where her mouth is by buckling up for the ITN Storybook Tour this summer. The 60-day cross-country road trip kicks off June 16, the day ITN gave its very first ride. Why? Sixty-four-year-old Freund wants to rally the nation to recognize the importance of mobility for people who can no longer drive, and own the solution for the next 20 years.

The ITN Storybook Tour celebrates and punctuates the spirit of volunteerism, political action, passion and endurance that will be necessary to rally the nation in support of providing sustainable senior mobility solutions at a time when it has never been more needed.

About Katherine Freund

Katherine Freund is an award-winning national expert on transportation solutions for America’s aging baby boomers who are planning for their retirement or can no longer drive. She has been featured on C-Span and in the New York Times, Forbes and Consumer Reports. Her passion for transportation safety ignited 27 years ago, when her three-year-old son was run over by an 84-year-old driver.

About Rides in Sight

Rides in Sight is ITNAmerica‘s national database providing access to more than 15,000 transportation services through a web site (www.ridesinsight.org) and toll-free hotline (1-855-60-RIDES) for older and visually impaired people.

NewsOK: New car service coming for seniors and visually impaired

May 1, 2015

New Car Service Coming to Oklahoma City

A new service is coming to Oklahoma City, it’s a rider sharing model for seniors and the visually impaired called Independent Transportation Network of Central Oklahoma. Katherine Freund, founder and CEO of ITNAmerica, and Dr. Mark Mellow discuss.
Watch the video online here