Archive for the ‘ITNGreaterBoston’ Category

Brookline seniors have transportation options, but all have limits

September 19, 2013

Ask seniors almost anywhere what their top three concerns are, and you’re likely to hear transportation come up pretty often.

That’s certainly the case in Brookline, where transportation is the top need, said Ruthann Dobek, director of the town’s council on aging.

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Senior transportation network expands to Marlborough

December 17, 2012

“This is not just a ride to and from the health center or the grocery store, but an opportunity for residents of the same town to build connectivity and for organizations to increase their collaborative impact within the community,” said Jean Patel-Bushnell, executive director of ITNGreaterBoston

“Mobility for our older adult population reduces isolation and enables our parents and grandparents to continue to be important contributing members of our society, which is one of the many reasons we partnered with the MetroWest Health Foundation to launch ITNGreaterBoston locally,” said David Abelman, president of the Tufts Health Plan Foundation.

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“We really believe in the concept of dignified transportation”

October 29, 2012

Executive Director Jean Patel Bushnell said the point of the network is to keep senior citizens invested and involved in their community.

“If they don’t have the means to go to a medical appointment, to go play bridge, to see their children, to see their grandchildren graduate…they’re not as happy,” said Bushnell.

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Adding Another Slice to the Transportation Pie, Startup Offers Car Rides to Seniors

May 30, 2012

“Aging is not a sexy topic,” Jean Patel Bushnell tells me bluntly over the phone. However, as the Executive Director of ITNGreaterBoston, a non-profit transportation startup for the elderly and vision-impaired, Bushnell has to deal with aging quite often.

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HRiA Helps Bring Elder Transportation Service to Boston Area

May 7, 2012

Local seniors who are unable to drive now have an affordable way to run errands, get to medical appointments, and visit loved ones through a transportation model that Health Resources in Action helped bring to the Boston area. ITNGreaterBoston began providing rides in January, and will be expanding its service to other communities over the next several years.

It all began more than two years ago, when Tufts Health Plan Foundation and the MetroWest Health Foundation were both independently pursuing the idea of funding elder services programs. They created a joint venture to bring a chapter of ITN to the greater Boston area, each providing equal amounts of starter funding. In need of an organization to set up the program, they turned to HRiA.

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Keeping seniors mobile

April 2, 2012

At a time when the MBTA is facing significant cuts in service, when our population is steadily aging and legislation mandating road tests for senior citizens seeking to renew their licenses is under discussion, alternate modes of transportation are critical to the health of our communities.

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Nonprofit senior group looking for a few good drivers in West Roxbury

March 1, 2012

Representatives of ITN Greater Boston, a nonprofit senior transport service, recently hosted a community meeting to introduce West Roxbury residents to their new community volunteer-based driving program.

ITN Greater Boston executive director Jean Patel Bushnell described the program to a small audience of seniors on Thursday, Feb. 23, at the West Roxbury Branch Library as a supplement to transport services already in place, such as The Ride.

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Transportation solutions for West Roxbury and Roslindale seniors [ITNGreaterBoston]

February 20, 2012

A new transportation system for adults age 60 and older and visually impaired individuals called iTNGreaterBoston debuted in 15 Greater Boston and MetroWest communities including West Roxbury and Roslindale this week.

The nonprofit transportation network matches older adults who are unable or no longer want to drive, with volunteer drivers from their own communities. Carefully screened drivers provide door-through-door rides in their own or donated cars, providing an affordable, flexible mode of transport for seniors often rely on family members when public transportation is not accessible.

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Nonprofit Transport Network to Serve Elders, Visually Impaired [ITNGreaterBoston]

February 16, 2012

February 14, 2012 — A new, community-based, nonprofit transportation network for adults age 60 and older and visually-impaired individuals, called iTNGreaterBoston, debuted in Boston and seven communities, from Brookline to Ashland, last week.

iTNGreaterBoston matches older adults who are unable or no longer want to drive, with volunteer drivers from their own communities. Carefully screened drivers provide door-through -door rides in their own or donated cars, providing an affordable, flexible mode of transport for seniors often reliant solely on family members when public transportation is not accessible.

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Natick Welcomes Ride Service for Seniors and Disabled [ITNGreaterBoston]

February 14, 2012

ITNGreaterBoston began service to the area last week. Seniors and the visually impaired who become members will have “door-through-door” service to and from doctors appointments, errands and more.

The local affiliate of growing senior rides provider ITNAmerica, known as ITNGreaterBoston, made its move to the area last week. The nonprofit organization, fueled by volunteer drivers, now serves 15 new communities in the Greater Boston and MetroWest area, including Natick.

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