Archive for the ‘Storybook Tour’ Category

AARP Livable Communities: 5 Questions for Katherine Freund

March 18, 2015

AARP Livable CommunitiesOn average, men in the United States outlive their ability to drive by seven years. Women, who generally live longer than men, survive an additional decade beyond their driving years. Since the majority of communities nationwide are not walkable and do not have comprehensive public transit options, being a nondriver can be a limiting, isolating and even health-endangering experience.

Case in point: More than 3 million Americans miss or delay medical appointments every year because they lack a ride to the doctor.

As a young mother in 1988, Katherine Freund learned firsthand that the transportation problems faced by older adults can have a direct impact on people of any age, including her then-toddler son, who was run over and seriously injured by an 84-year-old driver who didn’t even realize he had nearly killed a child. (After years of extensive care the little boy did recover and is now a successful 30-year-old man.)

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April is national volunteer month – won’t you #sharearide?

March 17, 2015

Consider taking the #sharearide challenge or just share your story this Spring about how senior mobility has changed your life or the life of a loved one.

March 17, 2015 – PORTLAND, Maine – Spring is in the air – a time to break out of the house, visit garden centers, and reconnect with community. Thousands of older Americans who can no longer drive won’t have the chance to get out and enjoy Spring this season, however. That’s why ITN is inviting Americans to make 2015 the year to #sharearide with an older person and share your story.

Share a ride hashtag

There is no better time to give it a try than national volunteer month in April. The challenge is simple and very important to the lives of millions of older Americans who are transitioning from the driver seat every day.

*Proceeds of the #sharearide challenge and fundraiser will be shared between ITNAmerica and your local ITN affiliate in communities with ITN affiliates (www.itnamerica.org/findyouraffiliate), unless otherwise specified by donors.

Don’t know an older or visually impaired person?

We recognize that not everyone knows an older person in their family, at church, or in their neighborhood who needs a ride. Start planning your #sharearide volunteer effort by contacting any of the following organizations to locate a person or organization in need of volunteer drivers:

Why #sharearide?

Aging and losing the ability to drive safely doesn’t need to mean losing the ability to live a full and active life if there are adequate transportation options. But when it comes to transportation, older and visually impaired people are severely underserved, and the unmet need is growing daily. By 2030, 20% of U.S. residents will be aged 65 or older. That’s 1 out of every 5, or nearly 75 million Americans.

“Older people who decide to stop driving outlive their decision by about 10 years. The answer to their unmet transportation needs is parked in driveways from coast to coast,” said ITN Founder and President Katherine Freund. Freund was named an AARP Inspire Award Honoree in 2009, and one of “12 People Who Are Changing Your Retirement” by the Wall Street Journal in 2008.

If you don’t use social media, you can also submit your story about how mobility has changed your life or the life of someone in your community, you can submit it online here. All participants in the #sharearide challenge are eligible to be part of a “story stop” on Katherine Freund’s 60-day ITNAmerica Storybook Tour this summer and, with permission, may also be featured in the book that she is writing about the Tour.

About the ITN Storybook Tour and #sharearide challenge

ITNAmerica Founder and President Katherine Freund is putting her mileage where her mouth is by buckling up for the ITN Storybook Tour this summer. The #sharearide challenge will surface the stories to serve as the basis for Katherine’s story stops. The 60-day cross-country road trip kicks off June 16, the 20th anniversary of ITN’s first ride. Freund wants to rally the nation to recognize the importance of mobility for people who can no longer drive, and help to secure solutions for the next 20 years. Learn more at www.storybooktour.org.

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, Huffington Post and Consumer Reports. Her passion for transportation safety began 27 years ago, when her three-year-old son was run over by an 84-year-old driver. Learn more at http://www.storybooktour.org/about-us.

About ITNAmerica

ITNAmerica® is America’s only national, non-profit, community-based transportation network 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. Learn more at www.itnamerica.org.

Contact:

Lisa Wolff, Marketing and Communications Manager of ITNAmerica
207-591-6942
lisa.wolff@itnamerica.org

Huffington Post: Here’s How To Get Dangerous Older Drivers Off The Road

March 12, 2015

More than 25 years ago, Katherine Freund’s life changed course in the blink of an eye. An 84-year-old driver struck and seriously injured her toddler son; the driver kept going and later said he mistook the little boy for a dog. The 1988 incident remains painful for Freund to talk about even today, but two remarkable things came from it: Her son fully recovered from his broken bones and traumatic brain injury and grew into a kind and aware man, and instead of being devoured by anger at the driver who struck her child, Freund focused her attention on what she calls the “real problem” behind the accident.

And that problem is this: Older unsafe drivers stay on the road because they have no choice. Cars are seen as the key to independence and without them, our worlds shrivel. The average American outlives his/her ability to drive by about 10 years and the quality of their lives diminishes when they relinquish their private transportation, according to the National Institutes of Health.

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AARP-Utah: Participate in the #Sharearide Challenge and National Storybook Tour

March 4, 2015

Katherine Freund, founder of ITNAmerica

ITNAmerica declares 2015 the year to give an older person a ride

ITNAmerica‘s mission is to support sustainable, community-based transportation services for seniors throughout the world by building a senior transportation network through research, policy analysis and education, and by promoting lifelong safety and mobility.

Across America, communities large and small are struggling to meet the transportation needs of seniors. Everywhere, the issues are the same:

  • How to provide the kind of door-through-door service older people want and need
  • How to recruit enough volunteer drivers, and how to manage insurance
  • How to arrange rides, especially in rural and suburban communities
  • How to pay for it all

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Forbes: How The Story Of One 3-Year-Old Boy Started A Senior Mobility Movement

February 23, 2015

How The Story Of One 3-Year-Old Boy Started A Senior Mobility MovementWhen my son was 3 years old, he was run over by an 84-year-old driver who said he thought he hit a dog. That was 27 years ago, and even though Ryan survived a traumatic brain injury, for years, I refused to talk about it. But through the Independent Transportation Network, I have spent all of my working life since that day in 1988 trying to solve the underlying transportation problem that caused the tragedy: inadequate transportation for older people.

My family is far from the only family that’s suffered as a result of this problem; older drivers have the highest fatal crash rate of any group except teenagers. Since 3 out of 4 older Americans live in rural and suburban communities that lack the density for traditional mass transit, most have limited transportation options that could otherwise help keep them safe and mobile. And the problem grows steadily, as 10,000 Americans turn 65 every day for the next 17 years. By 2030, more than 70 million Americans will be aged 65 or older.

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Innovator Profile: Katherine Freund, ITNAmerica

February 12, 2015

Katherine Freund, Founder and President ITNAmericaIn 1988, Ms. Freund’s 3-year-old son was hit by a car and nearly killed. The driver was 84 years old. That event sparked an interest in transportation issues that led, in the mid-1990s, to the development of the Independent Transportation Network.

The program offers rides – round the clock, seven days a week – to older adults. Riders can trade in their cars and get credit for travel; volunteer drivers can bank their hours on the road to use later for themselves or family. Ms. Freund serves as founder and president of ITNAmerica, which has grown into a national organization. (From the Wall Street Journal)

The following is a lightly edited version of the Shared-Use Mobility Center’s conversation with Katherine Freund. In each issue of SUMC’s newsletter, we will profile a different shared mobility innovator.

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ITNAmerica launches #sharearide: “make 2015 the year to give an older person a ride”

February 9, 2015

The #sharearide social media challenge culminates into a Storybook Tour this summer, when ITN Founder will drive cross-country to gather stories for a book.

February 9, 2015 – PORTLAND, Maine – Just in time for the holiday of sharing the love, Valentine’s Day, the Independent Transportation Network of America (ITNAmerica) is challenging Americans to make 2015 the year to #sharearide with an older person. The challenge is simple and very important to the lives of millions of older Americans who are transitioning into the rider seat from the driver seat every day.



*Proceeds of the #sharearide challenge and fundraiser will be shared between ITNAmerica and your local ITN affiliate in communities with ITN affiliates (www.itnamerica.org/findyouraffiliate), unless otherwise specified by donors.

Why is ITN issuing the #sharearide challenge?

Aging and losing the ability to drive doesn’t need to mean losing the ability to live a full and active life. When it comes to transportation, older and visually impaired people are severely underserved, and it is only getting worse. By 2030, 20% of U.S. residents will be aged 65 or older. That’s 1 out of every 5, or nearly 75 million Americans.

“Older people who decide to stop driving outlive their decision by about 10 years. The answer to their unmet transportation needs is parked in driveways from coast to coast,” said ITN Founder and President Katherine Freund. Freund was named an AARP Inspire Award Honoree in 2009, and one of “12 People Who Are Changing Your Retirement” by the Wall Street Journal in 2008. “We need every car owner to give at least one ride to an older person who can no longer drive safely. Or, donate $20 to ITN in 2015 so we can do it for you.”

All participants in the #sharearide challenge are eligible to be selected for one of Freund’s “story stops” on her 60-day ITNAmerica Storybook Tour this summer and, with permission, may also be featured in the book that she is writing about the tour.

About the ITN Storybook Tour and #sharearide challenge

ITNAmerica Founder and President Katherine Freund is putting her mileage where her mouth is by buckling up for the ITN Storybook Tour this summer. The #sharearide challenge will surface the stories to serve as the basis for Katherine’s story stops. The 60-day cross-country road trip kicks off June 16, the 20th anniversary of ITN’s first ride. Freund wants to rally the nation to recognize the importance of mobility for people who can no longer drive, and help to secure solutions for the next 20 years. Learn more at www.storybooktour.org.

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. Learn more at http://www.storybooktour.org/about-us.

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. Learn more at www.itnamerica.org.

About Rides in Sight

Rides in Sight is ITNAmerica’s national database providing access to listings of 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. Learn more at www.ridesinsight.org.

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How this Maine woman could revolutionize travel for older, rural Mainers

May 9, 2014

Despite all the advances the United States has made since the first automobiles motored onto the nation’s roadways, the country still doesn’t have a good solution to a big — and growing — problem: lack of access to reliable transportation in rural areas.

That is, unless people start thinking differently about the transportation model itself and how it’s funded.

Katherine Freund, 64, of Portland still remembers the exact moment she realized how to make community-based transportation services viable for more people, especially older adults. It was 1989, when she was 39 …

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