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NewsOK: Nonprofit helps seniors give up their keys, not their mobility

May 19, 2015

A national nonprofit aims to provide safe and affordable transportation for older adults in the Oklahoma City area come fall.

Independent Transportation Network (ITN) of Central Oklahoma, an affiliate of Maine-based ITN-America, is recruiting community volunteers to transport older men and women who can no longer safely drive.

Katherine Freund, ITN America’s founder, said the organization wants to put friendly, compassionate volunteer drivers in the driver’s seat so that older adults may transition to the passenger’s seat.

“I don’t call it giving up driving, because that feels like a negative thing. When in reality, if you make a transition to the passenger seat when it’s no longer safe to drive, that’s not a negative thing, that’s positive thing,” Freund said.

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WMFD: Program gets older adults and students on the road together

February 25, 2015

Beginning with the spring 2015 semester, college students enrolled in select classes at the University of Cincinnati have the opportunity to receive college credit for driving older adults in the community through a pilot project called Driving Community Connections. The Independent Transportation Network (ITN) of Greater Cincinnati has been incorporated into new and existing courses and will provide students with the ability to engage with Ohio’s elders, learn about the aging process and meet a need in their local community.

“I commend University of Cincinnati for embracing an innovative way to fill a key need in the community while also giving students an invaluable learning experience that they won’t find in any textbook,” said Bonnie K. Burman, Sc.D., director of the Ohio Department of Aging. “They will learn that generations are interdependent and that Ohio thrives when we support each other.”

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ITNAmerica crosses the 500,000 ride milestone

March 8, 2013

The first national, non-profit transportation service for the aging population reached the half-million ride mark on Monday at one of ITNAmerica‘s 23 ITN affiliates in 18 states.

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A high accident rate among older drivers in Maine has safety experts concerned

October 1, 2012

AUBURN — It was June 29, and James and Edie Chouinard of Auburn were in Portland, driving south on I-95 on their way to celebrate their 26th anniversary.

James and Edie Chouinard of Auburn escaped serious injury June 29 when a wrong-way driver on I-95 in Portland was stopped by Maine State Police Trooper Douglas Cropper parking his cruiser across the highway. The elderly driver crashed into the trooper’s vehicle instead of crashing head-on into the Chouinards’ car.

Suddenly they saw the flashing blue lights on Maine State Police Trooper Douglas Crooper’s vehicle. The police cruiser was stopped across the lanes on the interstate.

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New program offer seniors rides, anytime

August 20, 2012

A new program is rolling into the Quad-Cities to help seniors have access to transportation any time of day or night and for any reason.

ITNQuadCities, which stands for Independent Transportation Network, is a new nonprofit created to provide 24/7 automobile service for seniors age 60 and older as well as any visually impaired adults. Through the program, riders can receive door-through-door service, including help getting to the car – such as with steps, carrying packages, opening heavy doors and or walkers.

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Recent Automobile Accidents Involving Elderly Drivers Draws Attention

July 11, 2012

A lack of state funding is deferring the implementation of some measures to help identify at-risk older drivers. But Maine Secretary of State Charlie Summers said his office is continuing to take a pro-active approach toward drivers older than 65 whose numbers continue to grow in the state. Confronting an older relative about the need review their driving skills is rarely an enviable task.

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