Archive for the ‘Storybook Tour’ Category

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.

Read the full article online here.

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.

Read the full article online here

Navajo Times: Driving for those who can’t

July 28, 2015

Navajo Times: Driving for those who can't

Click here to expand

SFGate: ITNAmerica celebrating its 20th anniversary

June 19, 2015

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A program founded in Maine that allows seniors to trade in their vehicles in exchange for rides is celebrating its 20th anniversary this week.

The concept of trading in cars for rides is aimed at getting elderly motorists off the road when they can no longer drive safely. The program was the brainchild of a mother, Katherine Freund, whose 3-year-old son was run over by an 84-year-old old man.

Freund created the Independent Transportation Network to provide a solution.

Read the full article online here

WMTW 8: Transportation organization celebrates 20 years

June 17, 2015

Katherine Freund Storybook Tour WMTW 8ITN provides rides for people who cannot drive

PORTLAND, Maine – A group celebrated two decades of providing transportation to the visually impaired and aging drivers.

The organization ITNAmerica launched a 60-day national road trip to commemorate the anniversary of the nonprofit organization.

Each year, thousands of Americans take advantage of the Independent Transportation Network, which allows people who cannot drive or choose to give up their keys a transportation alternative.

Watch the story online here

the Forecaster: Maine ride-service founder hits the road in search of stories

June 16, 2015

Katherine Freund Storybook TourPORTLAND — Millions of Americans drive every day, whether it’s commuting to work, making a trip to the store or just for fun.

But what happens when older drivers start to lose their ability to drive safely?

The most obvious solution is for that person to get a ride from someone else. And that’s where the nonprofit organization Independent Transportation Network comes in.

The organization, now entering its 20th year, was founded as a way for senior citizens to have access to volunteers willing to drive them where they need to go.

And to celebrate the anniversary of the first ride, ITN founder and President Katherine Freund is kicking off a rather unusual drive of her own.

Read the full article online here

Sun Journal: Elderly driving – tour calling attention to turning over keys

June 16, 2015

Katherine Freund Storybook TourWESTBROOK — Katherine Freund, an advocate who has called attention to the problem of seniors driving when it’s not safe, is about to hit the road.

On Tuesday, she’s launching a nationwide, 60-day cross-country trip to spotlight the need for seniors to hang up their keys when it’s time and have alternative transportation available.

Freund is president of Independent Transportation Network of America, a nonprofit organization that provides rides to seniors. She founded ITNAmerica 20 years ago, after her son was run over by an 84-year-old driver. Her son suffered a brain injury but recovered.

ITN is in 20 communities across the country, including the Portland area, but not in most parts of Maine. Transportation is lacking in many communities, Freund said, adding that needs to change.

Read the full article online here

Sixty-day storytelling road trip personifies transportation situation of aging and visually impaired Americans

June 10, 2015

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

June 9, 2015

CONTACT:
Lisa Wolff, Marketing and Communications Manager
207-591-6942 | lisa.wolff@itnamerica.org

Sixty-day storytelling road trip personifies transportation situation of aging and visually impaired Americans

National senior transportation expert Katherine Freund launches national tour from AARP Maine headquarters in Portland, Maine June 16.

Storybook Tour
PORTLAND, Maine – June 9, 2015 – ITNAmerica Founder and President Katherine Freund has not only led the nonprofit Independent Transportation Network (ITN) senior transportation movement for more than 20 years, she has courageously told the personal story that inspired this movement. But this year, she’s all about telling others’ stories.

ITNAmerica celebrates the 20th anniversary of the first ride ever given by ITN on June 16 by launching a 60-day national road trip. More than two dozen “story stops” comprise the Storybook Tour, each chosen for the distinct way it personifies transportation needs that millions of aging or visually impaired Americans experience every day. AARP Maine will host the anniversary kick-off event with national speakers including National Transportation Safety Board Vice Chairman Bella Dinh-Zarr and AARP Interim Head of State and Community Engagement Lori Parham. Speakers will share their personal stories about how met or unmet transportation needs, for themselves or a loved one, have changed their life.

More than 70 million Americans – that’s 1 in 5 – will be over the age of 65 in 15 years, and may start to experience diminished capacity to drive safely. Freund will drive to the people who are living with the decision to give up their keys, record their experiences, and share them with America through her blog, social media, traditional media and, later, a book.

“Transportation needs are too often an ‘out of sight, out of mind’ experience. We need to take notice before the accidents occur, and engage the people who can become part of the solution. Viable, personal transportation is essential if we are to age in our own homes and communities,” said Freund. “The solution is parked in millions of driveways across America. But first we need to surface the needs of so many people, their families and their communities by sharing their stories.”

Freund herself was inspired to start the Independent Transportation Network when she realized why her son was run over by an 84-year-old driver in 1988. That driver, like so many other older Americans, did not have equivalent independent transportation options available to give him the confidence to hang up the keys when it was time.

About ITNAmerica

ITNAmerica, composed of 20 ITN affiliates from coast to coast, is the only national nonprofit offering transitional and permanent transportation in personal automobiles for hundreds of thousands of older and vision-impaired people. The 24/7 arm-through-arm, door-through-door service uses innovative payment methods such as CarTrade or volunteer driver credits to bank rides, in addition to using Personal Transportation Accounts so no cash changes hand at the time of the ride. ITNAmerica also operates the only national toll-free hotline and searchable database of nearly 15,000 transportation options called Rides In Sight (855-60-RIDES).

About the Storybook Tour

From retired musicians in Nashville to the residents in the Navajo Nation in rural Arizona and members of the Motion Picture and Television Fund’s retirement community in Los Angeles, the stories on the Storybook Tour are sure to bring colorful and diverse insights into what transportation access means for the tens of millions striving to thrive in their homes and communities in spite of hanging up their car keys.

About Katherine Freund

Katherine Freund is an award-winning national expert on transportation solutions for America’s aging baby boomers. Read her full bio here.

CALLS TO ACTION:

5 facts about older drivers

May 8, 2015

For Immediate Release

Contact:  Lisa Wolff, Marketing & Communications Manager lisa.wolff@itnamerica.org 207-591-6942

5 facts about older drivers

If these facts resonate with you, ITN
America wants to hear and share your stories!

PORTLAND, Maine – May 2015 – In honor of National Older Americans Month, ITNAmerica would like to share with you five important facts about older drivers:
Seniors Driving
1. By 2030, 1 out of every 5 Americans – more than 70 million people – will be 65 or older while many age-related changes that pose risks to safe driving begin even earlier.

2. Most Americans outlive their decision to stop driving by about a decade and continue to rely on rides with others in private automobiles for their transportation.

3. About 90% of trips for people over 65 are taken in the private automobile, as drivers or passengers, while 8% of trips are walking and only 2% are using public transit.

4. Transportation is the second-highest household expense after housing – comprising more than 20% of household expenditures.

5. At the last White House Conference on Aging (in 2005), delegates voted transportation options as the third-highest national policy priority, ahead of Medicare and Social Security.

Do any of these ring true to you? We want to hear and share your story!

Why? Because the Independent Transportation Network celebrates the 20th anniversary of the first ride by the only national transportation network for seniors, the Independent Transportation Network, this summer. In honor of this milestone, ITNAmerica Founder and President Katherine Freund is taking a 60-day cross-country road trip to broadcast these stories and gather materials for a book she will write about the people she meets, their stories, and her journey. The tour starts June 16th in Portland, Maine and ends August 14th.

Please visit www.storybooktour.org to submit your story. Like us on facebook and follow us on twitter to follow along with the tour.

Aging and losing your ability to drive doesn’t need to mean losing your ability to live a free and independent life. ITNAmerica knows this first hand. Help us make it known to even more people.

About ITNAmerica

ITNAmerica® is America’s only national, non-profit, community-based transportation service for older people and people with visual impairments, providing door-through-door and arm-through-arm service. ITN began as a single transportation service in Portland, Maine nearly 20 years ago and has since grown into a network of 27 affiliated communities in 21 states from coast to coast.

About the ITN Storybook Tour

ITN’s Freund is putting her mileage where her mouth is by buckling up for the ITN Storybook Tour this summer. The 60-day cross-country road trip kicks off June 16, the day ITN gave its very first ride. Why? Sixty-four-year-old Freund wants to rally the nation to recognize the importance of mobility for people who can no longer drive, and own the solution for the next 20 years.

The ITN Storybook Tour celebrates and punctuates the spirit of volunteerism, political action, passion and endurance that will be necessary to rally the nation in support of providing sustainable senior mobility solutions at a time when it has never been more needed.

About Katherine Freund

Katherine Freund is an award-winning national expert on transportation solutions for America’s aging baby boomers who are planning for their retirement or can no longer drive. She has been featured on C-Span and in the New York Times, Forbes and Consumer Reports. Her passion for transportation safety ignited 27 years ago, when her three-year-old son was run over by an 84-year-old driver.

About Rides in Sight

Rides in Sight is ITNAmerica‘s national database providing access to more than 15,000 transportation services through a web site (www.ridesinsight.org) and toll-free hotline (1-855-60-RIDES) for older and visually impaired people.

Are you one of 3 million Americans who miss or delay medical or eye doctor appointments because you don’t have a ride?

May 8, 2015

For Immediate Release

Contact: Lisa Wolff, Marketing & Communications Manager
lisa.wolff@itnamerica.org
207-591-6942

Are you one of 3 million Americans who miss or delay medical or eye doctor appointments because you don’t have a ride?

ITNAmericaunderstands that access to transportation can pose a serious barrier to health and wants to hear and tell your stories about transportation barriersand solutions!

PORTLAND, Maine – May 2015 – In the spirit of Healthy Vision Month, ITNAmerica wants to hear how access to transportation has either saved your vision or helped you or your loved one stay independent in the face of vision impairment or loss.

According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, approximately 3.6 million Americans miss or delay medical appointments every year because they don’t have a ride to the doctor. This number, of course, includes medical eyecare appointments – and routine medical eye exams can make a tremendous difference in protecting against vision loss.

The National Eye Institute, founder of Healthy Vision Month, recommends comprehensive dilated eye exams annually for anyone over the age of 60, anyone with Diabetes, and for African Americans – who are at a higher risk for glaucoma. These dilated eye exams can go a long way in diagnosing diseases such as diabetic retinopathy, age-related macular degeneration, and glaucoma so they can be treated before vision loss occurs. Often times, early detection happens before any noticeable symptoms.

Sometimes early detection is not an option and you experience vision loss from these diseases. Either way, transportation is very important to protecting healthy vision and to living healthy lives.

We want to hear your stories about how access to transportation has changed your life, relating to vision conditions or otherwise. The only national transportation network for seniors, the Independent Transportation Network of America, celebrates the 20th anniversary of the first ride this summer. In honor of this milestone and ITN’s dignified transportation mission, ITNAmerica Founder and President Katherine Freund is taking a 60-day cross-country road trip to broadcast these stories and gather materials for a book she will write about the people she meets, their stories, and her journey. The tour starts June 16th in Portland, Maine and ends August 14th.

Please visit www.storybooktour.org to submit your story. Like us on facebook and follow us on twitter to follow along with the tour.

If you need a ride, ITN’s Rides in Sight searchable online database (www.ridesinsight.org) and toll-free hotline (855-607-4337) provide you with details about the kind of transportation solutions available in your local community. We list 15,000 transportation providers and are adding new ones to the database all the time.

Aging and losing your ability to drive or to see does not have to mean losing your ability to live. ITNAmerica knows that first hand. Help us make it known to even more people.

About ITNAmerica

ITNAmerica® is America’s only national, non-profit, community-based transportation service for older people and people with visual impairments, providing door-through-door and arm-through-arm service. ITN began as a single transportation service in Portland, Maine nearly 20 years ago and has since grown into a network of 27 affiliated communities in 21 states from coast to coast.

About the ITN Storybook Tour

ITN’s Freund is putting her mileage where her mouth is by buckling up for the ITN Storybook Tour this summer. The 60-day cross-country road trip kicks off June 16, the day ITN gave its very first ride. Why? Sixty-four-year-old Freund wants to rally the nation to recognize the importance of mobility for people who can no longer drive, and own the solution for the next 20 years.

The ITN Storybook Tour celebrates and punctuates the spirit of volunteerism, political action, passion and endurance that will be necessary to rally the nation in support of providing sustainable senior mobility solutions at a time when it has never been more needed.

About Katherine Freund

Katherine Freund is an award-winning national expert on transportation solutions for America’s aging baby boomers who are planning for their retirement or can no longer drive. She has been featured on C-Span and in the New York Times, Forbes and Consumer Reports. Her passion for transportation safety ignited 27 years ago, when her three-year-old son was run over by an 84-year-old driver.

About Rides in Sight

Rides in Sight is ITNAmerica‘s national database providing access to more than 15,000 transportation services through a web site (www.ridesinsight.org) and toll-free hotline (1-855-60-RIDES) for older and visually impaired people.