Archive for the ‘ITN in the Press’ Category

Ride service for elderly, visually impaired back in business

March 29, 2017

At 87, Jane Watkins of Winter Park still has places to go and people to see. She just doesn’t trust herself to navigate the unnerving highways of Central Florida to get there.

Video: Lisa Haynes-Henry talks about the impact ITNOrlando has on her life.

So when a nonprofit transportation network she relied on suspended its service late last year, she felt stuck.

“I called my son-in-law and said, ‘This is terrible. Can’t you do something?’” Watkins said. “Being a businessman, he knows how to talk with people.”

Jack Miles — once a top state government official and executive for CIGNA and AIG — agreed to look into it, not just for his mother-in-law, but also for the 350 other members of ITNOrlando. An affiliate of the national Independent Transportation Network, the Central Florida organization relies on volunteers and donations to help shuttle residents over 60 and those with limited eyesight to doctor appointments, shopping trips and social visits.

Early this month, a reborn ITNOrlando began operations again, thanks to Miles, now chairman of the ITNOrlando board of directors, and $11,500 donated by local members who say the service is essential to their independence.

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Elderly Driver Stats & Car Wrecks

March 23, 2017

The aging process will to some degree cause physical changes in an elderly driver.

One of the contributing factors in many car accidents is driver error, and that includes reaction time. And as people age, they lose the quick reaction time that can make the difference between life and death, and that fact helps explain one of the dangers of elderly drivers on U.S. roads.

“Well, we’ve seen through multiple studies and research that older drivers have a much slower reaction time when they are driving,” stated Rand Spear a Philadelphia personal injury lawyer “And that means that they can’t make rapid adjustments when something goes wrong when they are driving, which can lead to a car accident. And of course, you lose some level of cognition and memory when you grow older, which can compromise driver behavior as well. It can become the perfect storm and all it takes is one catalyst, and you have a devastating car wreck.”

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Augusta forum ponders how seniors will get around when they can no longer drive

March 19, 2017

AUGUSTA — The vast majority of senior citizens in Maine, where 72 percent of the population doesn’t have access to public transportation, plan to drive until they can’t.

But most have no plan for how they’ll get anywhere when they are no longer able to drive, though an also vast majority say in surveys they want to stay in their homes or at least in their own communities as they age.

But officials and volunteers are working on plans to create ways for Maine’s aging population to be able to age in place and still be able to get to medical appointments, grocery stores and coffee shops even when they can no longer safely get behind the wheel of a car, according to speakers Sunday at a forum, “Getting There When You Can’t Drive.”

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iTNLanier transit service a savior for seniors

March 4, 2017

Program marks 1,000th ride with health system CEO at wheel

For those who can’t get around on their own, iTNLanier fills the gap.

Jon Stiehr had been shuffled back and forth to doctors’ appointments primarily by his wife Linda Stiehr until she saw an article in The Times about the driving service.

Jon and Linda were chauffeured from their home by Northeast Georgia Health System President and CEO of Carol Burrell to a celebration for the organization’s 1,000th ride Saturday.

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Lexington Herald Leader: It’s like Uber for seniors — complete with ‘arm-through-arm’ walk to the door

December 11, 2016

ITNBluegrass Executive Director Laura Dake stands with rider Jack Carty. Carty, 88, works five to six days a week and gets rides from ITNBluegrass to get there. Photo provided BY TOM MARTIN

Laura Dake is executive director of ITN or Independent Transportation Network-Bluegrass. Due to a recent injury that left me temporarily unable to drive, I turned to ITN for transportation around Lexington and quickly discovered what an important difference this nonprofit is making in so many lives in the Bluegrass area. So, I invited Laura to share information about her organization.

Q: First, a brief history on the origins of ITN-Buegrass.

A: About 10 years ago or so, ITN-America decided to launch its model nationwide. In 2007, a lady named Gale Reece had recently retired and was looking for a project in the local community that had something to do with aging. She was particularly interested in housing, but went to the city of Lexington and was told that the real issue in this area was transportation — that people couldn’t really live in their homes without the transportation to get places. They found that ITN-America had started to launch their model nationwide, submitted an application to ITN-America, and it was accepted. I came onboard as a fundraiser because the requirement was that the affiliate needed to raise about $125,000 in order to start.

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Foundation Fighting Blindness president supports ITN Southern Delaware efforts

November 11, 2016

Heather Napolitano, president of the Philadelphia Chapter for the Foundation Fighting Blindness, stopped by the Fourth Annual LIVE Conference in Georgetown Oct. 19 to show her support for ITN Southern Delaware’s efforts to provide transportation for seniors and adults with visual impairments in Sussex County. The urgent mission of the Foundation Fighting Blindness is to drive the research that will provide preventions, treatments and cures for people affected by retinal degenerative diseases.

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ITNMontereyCounty was honored to be interviewed on Brickman Banter

October 6, 2016

ITNMontereyCounty was honored to be interviewed on Brickman Banter. To reach the ITNMontereyCounty portion of the interview please begin about 30 minutes in.

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Northampton Press: Transportation service created for independent seniors

September 1, 2016
Lois Favier, executive director of ITNLehighValley (Independent Transportation Network), hosted a 10,000 Ride Celebration in January for drivers and riders to get together and celebrate this service.

CONTRIBUTED PHOTO Lois Favier, executive director of ITNLehighValley (Independent Transportation Network), hosted a 10,000 Ride Celebration in January for drivers and riders to get together and celebrate this service. ITNLehighValley is a national nonprofit transportation service for senior citizens and visually impaired adults in the Lehigh Valley.

Lois Favier moved back to the Lehigh Valley several years ago to be on hand and closer to help her elderly parents. Favier, like many other adult children of seniors, was concerned with her parents driving on their own to appointments, errands and leisure activities. After sharing this concern with others, she learned, aside from herself providing transportation or the use of public transit, there were not a lot of options for her parents to utilize, while still feeling a sense of independence, safety and affordability. Favier started looking into creating a nonprofit affiliate of ITNAmerica (Independent Transportation Network) for the Lehigh Valley and began putting the wheels in motion for making this dream a reality.

Favier approached the national organization in Maine on how to go about establishing an affiliate. She conducted a demographic study of the local area and determined this would be successful in the Lehigh Valley.

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The Californian: Nonprofit provides rides for seniors

August 22, 2016
Doris Beach, left, celebrates the (ITN) Independent Transportation Network/Monterey County by taking the 25,000th ride.

Doris Beach, left, celebrates the (ITN) Independent Transportation Network/Monterey County by taking the 25,000th ride. Executive Director of ITN in Monterey County Aimee Cuda stands with her. (Photo: Laureen Diephof/For The Salinas Californian)

Transportation is a key ingredient to help insure that Monterey County senior citizens maintain their independence. On Aug.5, BMW Manager Paul Giovino hosted the 25,000th ride of ITN Monterey with Executive Director of ITN Aimee Cuda at his dealership in the Seaside Auto Mall.

Independent Transportation Network/Monterey County (ITN) strives to meet the Monterey County seniors’ needs and those efforts were celebrated on Aug. 5 at the BMW Seaside location. BMW Manager Paul Giovino provided the space to hold the celebration.

In the tradition and the requirement of ITN’s program, Beach was picked up at her door and taken to the door of her destination, Seaside.

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Seaside Post News-Sentinel: Jeff Craig, Volunteer Driver For ITN Monterey County

August 10, 2016
Jeff Craig, Volunteer Driver for ITN Monterey County

Jeff Craig, Volunteer Driver for ITN Monterey County

This unique service is not only about transportation but building friendships and helping to keep independence for seniors and the visually impaired. You can become a member completing an online application or download and mail on to us.

Recently, ITNMontereyCounty had a member sign on who needed the service only for a couple of months while he recovered from open heart surgery.

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