Archive for the ‘ITNMetroDetroit’ Category

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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An elderly mother, the car keys and a conundrum for countless Michigan families

May 24, 2013

“We knew that our mother’s driving days were over, but we didn’t have the heart to spell it out. We hoped she would arrive at the same conclusion on her own.”

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ITNMetroDetroit logs ITN groups’s 500,000th ride

March 5, 2013

Executive Director Lori Fidler handed Chaney a $25 gift certificate, good for more of ITN’s chauffeured trips, because Chaney had just logged the group’s 500,000th ride.

Notching that milestone for the 16-year-old group, which operates in 22 states, was a thrill, Fidler said.

“We’re excited this happened here because we’re really just getting started,” she said. The metro Detroit office, Michigan’s first, opened last fall to match people 60 and older and sight-impaired adults, with volunteer drivers, Fidler said.

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Does the aging population cause concern for traffic fatalities? [ITNMetroDetroit]

December 26, 2012

Lori Fidler, Executive Director of ITNMetroDetroit appears on Comcast Newsmakers to talk about the importance of transportation for seniors. For more information, please visit www.itnmetrodetroit.org

New transit network to make seniors more mobile [ITNMetroDetroit]

November 15, 2012

A new program is promising to put the Motor City in reach of senior citizens who have hung up the car keys for good.

Starting this November, a nonprofit senior transportation group called Independent Transportation Network Metro Detroit is scheduled to begin hitting the roads of Oakland County and parts of Detroit.

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The ‘Keys’ To Independence

August 8, 2012

For as far back as she can remember, Louise Applebaum, 83, of Farmington Hills, was always on the go. She got her first job as a runner at the old Colonial Department Store in Detroit back in 1941 when she was just 13 years old. Later in life, she was a busy wife and working mother of three children. Now, she’s a widow and an active senior with six grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

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Transit program in works for [Detroit] region

August 25, 2011

A nonprofit organization, ITNMetroDetroit — short for Independent Transportation Network — is being organized to provide “dignified” rides to seniors and the visually impaired 24/7 in private unmarked cars, said Robert Tell, president of the 501(c)3.

This is good news for Oakland, Macomb and Wayne County residents. ITNMetroDetroit also has backing from the Area Agency on Aging as well as the American Association for Retired Persons.

Read more at the Oakland Press »