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The Californian: We Could Car Less: Rides for the blind and elderly

February 12, 2016
ITN Monterey County volunteer driver John Brandt

ITN Monterey County volunteer driver John Brandt. (Photo: Jay Dunn/The Salinas Californian)

Jon Brandt of Salinas gives rides in his car to elderly or blind people who cannot drive. Brandt is a volunteer driver for the Independent Transportation Network (ITN) that provides more than 270 automobile rides a week in Monterey County. Brandt says he volunteers to show respect to seniors. “I meet so many interesting people,” Brandt said. “I enjoy it.”

Aimee Cuda is the director ITN Monterey County. “Our clients get rides to every kind of errand, from doctor visits to social events.” One client even gets a ride to and from her job every day. “The ITN ride service is available 24 hours a day, every day of the year,” Cuda said, A ride must be arranged before 2 p.m. on the day before it is needed. ITN provides arm-through-arm service, not just door to door. “Our drivers make sure the clients gets to their destinations with dignity and safety,” said Cuda.

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Monterey Herald: Liza Horvath, Senior Advocate: Driving options for seniors

November 10, 2015

Seniors, generally speaking, are not early adopters of new technology. While many older folks may be using email, Facebook or a smartphone, most are of the “why bother” mindset and resist new inventions.

There is, however, one technological development that has many seniors excited, and here’s why:

Aging seems to present unending opportunities to give something up. An older runner stops running because of a bad hip; a well-liked home is sold because the stairs become too difficult to navigate; friends, family and beloved pets die. Finally, one of the most difficult things to give up — our driver’s license – will be taken away because we can no longer safely drive. A driver’s license represents freedom – the ability to come and go as we please and without it, seniors can lose the opportunity to socialize, shop on their own or lunch at a favorite restaurant. Losing all of this “life” often translates into isolation and, unfortunately, depression and loneliness.

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The Californian: Senior Day at Monterey County Fair set for Thursday

November 10, 2015

The 2015 Senior Day Resource Fair at the Turf Club at the Monterey County Fair is set for 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 3. Seniors 62 years or older get free admission to the fair.

This fun event connects seniors with more than 35 community and senior services, with free event bags, give-aways, live entertainment, health screenings, computer help, travel services, coffee and snacks, senior information, and a farmers’ market.

The Resource Fair is sponsored by Central Coast Senior Services, Monterey-Salinas Transit, Alliance On Aging and Legal Services For Seniors.

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The Californian: Annual safety event focuses on family

November 10, 2015

The line-up of governmental, nongovernmental, and nonprofit agencies taking an opportunity to inform the public about safety during Community Safety Saturday is dazzling.

The event, sponsored by Capital Insurance Group (CIG) for the third year, continues to grow and attract concerned parents, community members and kids who just want to have fun.

Community Safety Saturday will take place from 10 a.m. to noon, Saturday, Oct. 10 at the Monterey County Fair & Event Center, 2004 Fairground Road, Monterey. This is a free, family friendly event devoted to teaching the public about safety.

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The Californian: Job fair set Tuesday at Hartnell

November 10, 2015

Military veterans looking for a job just might find one Tuesday at Hartnell College. The Third Annual Veterans Appreciation Job Fair and inaugural Student Volunteer Fair opens at 9 a.m. at Steinbeck Hall, 411 Central Ave.

More than 60 employers from community agencies and private sector companies will be on hand. In addition to job offers, many of them also will be offering internships and volunteer opportunities.

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The Californian: Business News – Cuda joins ITNMontereyCounty

July 20, 2015

Aimee CudaAimee Cuda has joined Independent Transportation Network Monterey County as its Executive Director.

Cuda has more than 12 years experience in fund raising and related fields, including her work at Voices for Children – CASA, The First Tee of Monterey County, The Carmel Foundation, and York School.

ITNMontereyCounty is a nonprofit providing transportation for seniors and visually-impaired adults.

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Giving someone a ride is so much more than that

July 25, 2014

[Cedar Street Times]

Giving someone a ride is so much more than that

Liza Horvath, Senior Advocate

July 22, 2013

Apparently the accepted idea that seniors lose mental acuity as they age is simply not true – at least not for the seniors who contacted me to point out a mistake in my recent column.

Last week’s Senior Advocate stated that, “According to the California Department of Motor Vehicles, of the 5.5 million drivers in our state, 2.5 million are age 70 or older.” In fact, there are 24,290,288 licensed drivers in California, as of Jan. 1, and more than 2 million of these drivers are age 70 and older.

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For many seniors, the thought of surrendering their driver’s license is right up there with the fear of running out of money.

October 23, 2012

To say I was surprised to receive the call at work would be an understatement.

My mother, then age 86, was calling me from the Sheriff’s Office. “Liza, you need to pick me up,” she stated. “Well, I don’t know, Mom,” I chided, “you always told me that if I ever called you from jail, that you would just leave me there.” Unfortunately she was very serious and, most likely, embarrassed. As it turned out, my mother was driving to the store, exceeding the speed limit (as usual), and was stopped by a sheriff. The officer, upon finding that her license had expired three years prior, gave her a ride to the Sheriff’s Office and impounded her vehicle.

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March 2, 2012

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