Archive for August, 2015

Sussex County Post: ‘Reliable, dignified’ senior transportation network on the launching pad

August 17, 2015
‘Reliable, dignified’ senior transportation network on the launching pad

Nancy Feichtl outlines launching plans for iTNSouthernDelaware that will provide affordable, dependable transportation for members 55 years of age and over.

GEORGETOWN – A private-sector, non-profit transportation solution for Sussex County’s aging seniors who cannot or no longer want to drive is on the launching pad.

Memberships and volunteer drivers are the month of August focus as iTNSouthernDelaware gears up for a September 2015 launch of its ride program for seniors 55 and over.

“We have happily become an affiliate of iTN (Independent Transportation Network) America,” said Nancy Feichtl, founder of iTNSouthernDelaware, in an update to Sussex County Council Tuesday. “We became an affiliate with the only nationwide senior transportation cooperative.”

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Lehigh Valley News: Local volunteer group share stories to celebrate anniversary

August 17, 2015

Allentown, PA – A special tour rolled into Allentown today. The independent transportation network is a service that uses volunteers to drive elderly and visually impaired people around town. Today, some of its members stopped by Christopher’s in Allentown as part of the Storybook Tour to mark the group’s 20th anniversary. This was just one of two dozen stops for the storybook tour.

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Stakeholder Health: ITN volunteers drive seniors, visually impaired

August 17, 2015

In 1988, Katherine Freund was set on a new path. That’s when an 84-year-old driver, who should not have been behind the wheel, hit her 3-year old son. The son survived the life-threatening brain injury, is healthy and now in his thirties. But the event led Freund, then working on graduate studies in public policy, to explore this question: what options are to seniors as they lose their ability to drive?

It’s been said that when “I” is replaced with “we,” illness becomes wellness. This is certainly true for elderly people as they seek help getting to vital medical appointments. In the United States seniors typically outlive their ability drive—seven years for men and a decade for women. And this has a big impact on their health.

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Delaware 105.9FM: Transportation Group Launching Soon in Sussex County

August 13, 2015

The Sussex County senior transportation cooperative is merging with a national organization.

Nancy Feichtl is the director of the Sussex Senior Transportation Cooperative, which provides volunteer-based transportation for senior citizens in the county. She tells the county council on Tuesday that the group is now an affiliate with ITNAmerica.

The national organization has been in business for 20 years and has Congressional approval. ITNSouthernDelaware will launch phase 1 in August, along the beach side of the county. A countywide launch is scheduled in September.

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Public News Service: Helping KY Seniors Get Around Town Safely

August 10, 2015

PHOTO: Driving means independence in our busy culture, and older people are understandably hesitant to give up their car keys. But they're also more willing to consider it when communities, such as Lexington, make alternate transportation a priority. Photo credit: Greg Stotelmyer

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Research confirms what many folks already know – the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says per mile traveled, fatal crashes increase noticeably at age 70 and are highest among drivers 85 and up.

When Katherine Freund’s now-adult son was three, he was struck by a vehicle driven by an 84-year-old driver. After not talking about the traumatic experience for nearly two decades, Freund came full circle – now using it to shed light on safety and mobility issues facing seniors.

In her words, “telling stories helps solve problems,” so she’s in Kentucky today, to hear what others have to say. “This issue touches millions of people and there are millions of stories out there,” she says. “And, if we’re really going to solve this problem, it has to be about everybody’s stories, not just me, not just my son.”

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