Posts Tagged ‘Independent Transportation Network’

Harvard Health Publications: Stay behind the wheel longer

September 25, 2015

A driving assessment program can help identify your strengths and weaknesses and suggest ways to improve your driving skills. The sense of freedom and independence that comes with driving is as important at 65 as it is at 16. But driving skills may start to falter as we age, an issue many people choose to ignore. “We all seem to be in denial about driving in our older years. No one wants to give it up. The good news is that you may not have to,” says Lissa Kapust, a social worker at Harvard-affiliated Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center.

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Driving central to a person’s identity

September 9, 2015

Driving central to a person's identityThe Best Times

“Elderly couples who stop driving face unexpected outcomes,” reports a study in the journal Research on Aging as reported in Aging News Alert.

The ability to drive can be central to a person’s identity and can be an important expression of independence. When the elderly no longer drive, their emotional well-being can decline as a result of being unable to maintain social relationships.

A University of Missouri researcher has found that even if only one member of a couple stops driving, negative consequences result for both the driver and the non-driver.

The decision to stop driving is a major life changing experience and all options for transportation should be made at the time the car keys are given up.

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Drivers are needed for senior rides

September 9, 2015

Independent Transportation Network is now operating in Memphis in a limited service area.

ITNMemphis provides transportation for seniors over 60 and the visually impaired.

More volunteers are needed, ITNMemphis officials said.

The network asks: Do you like to drive? Have spare time?

If you answered yes, then you could be a lifeline to seniors and the visually impaired by:

Driving them in your car wherever and whenever they need to go.

Helping them stay independent and not a burden.

Connecting them to families, friends and activities that bring meaning to their lives.

Making driving safer for everyone.

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Sussex County Post: ‘Reliable, dignified’ senior transportation network on the launching pad

August 17, 2015
‘Reliable, dignified’ senior transportation network on the launching pad

Nancy Feichtl outlines launching plans for iTNSouthernDelaware that will provide affordable, dependable transportation for members 55 years of age and over.

GEORGETOWN – A private-sector, non-profit transportation solution for Sussex County’s aging seniors who cannot or no longer want to drive is on the launching pad.

Memberships and volunteer drivers are the month of August focus as iTNSouthernDelaware gears up for a September 2015 launch of its ride program for seniors 55 and over.

“We have happily become an affiliate of iTN (Independent Transportation Network) America,” said Nancy Feichtl, founder of iTNSouthernDelaware, in an update to Sussex County Council Tuesday. “We became an affiliate with the only nationwide senior transportation cooperative.”

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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.

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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.

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Delaware 105.9FM: Transportation Group Launching Soon in Sussex County

August 13, 2015

The Sussex County senior transportation cooperative is merging with a national organization.

Nancy Feichtl is the director of the Sussex Senior Transportation Cooperative, which provides volunteer-based transportation for senior citizens in the county. She tells the county council on Tuesday that the group is now an affiliate with ITNAmerica.

The national organization has been in business for 20 years and has Congressional approval. ITNSouthernDelaware will launch phase 1 in August, along the beach side of the county. A countywide launch is scheduled in September.

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Public News Service: Helping KY Seniors Get Around Town Safely

August 10, 2015

PHOTO: Driving means independence in our busy culture, and older people are understandably hesitant to give up their car keys. But they're also more willing to consider it when communities, such as Lexington, make alternate transportation a priority. Photo credit: Greg Stotelmyer

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Research confirms what many folks already know – the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says per mile traveled, fatal crashes increase noticeably at age 70 and are highest among drivers 85 and up.

When Katherine Freund’s now-adult son was three, he was struck by a vehicle driven by an 84-year-old driver. After not talking about the traumatic experience for nearly two decades, Freund came full circle – now using it to shed light on safety and mobility issues facing seniors.

In her words, “telling stories helps solve problems,” so she’s in Kentucky today, to hear what others have to say. “This issue touches millions of people and there are millions of stories out there,” she says. “And, if we’re really going to solve this problem, it has to be about everybody’s stories, not just me, not just my son.”

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Commercial Appeal: ITNMemphis helps seniors be independent

July 31, 2015

ITNMemphis helps seniors be independent

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Road Safety expert Dave Melton joins national ITNAmerica board

July 31, 2015

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Road Safety expert Dave Melton joins national ITNAmerica board

Dave brings great knowledge of road safety and the insurance industry
to the Independent Transportation Network’s Board of Directors.

Dave MeltonJuly 31, 2015 – WESTBROOK, Maine – The national nonprofit Independent Transportation Network of America (ITNAmerica), based here, is pleased to welcome Dave Melton to its Board of Directors. The national board unanimously approved the appointment earlier this month.

Dave brings significant international experience with transportation safety in the insurance industry, having retired from a long-time career with Liberty International’s Global Road Safety, a business unit of Liberty Mutual. Notable accomplishments during his time with Liberty Mutual included the development and advocacy of a roadway and occupational safety strategy for Liberty International Region operations in Asia, Europe and Latin America.

“Dave brings with him decades of experience in transportation safety and the insurance industry. I’ll say it again: decades,” said Katherine Freund, Founder and President of ITNAmerica. “I am eagerly anticipating our work together, and feel that we are fortunate to have him on our Board.”

Dave has also been a member of several road safety committees, and has served on numerous Boards of Directors, including past Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Network of Employers for Traffic Safety (NETS), and member of the Board of Directors of the Professional Truck Drivers Institute. He is a retired member and current friend of the Permanent Committee on Truck and Bus Safety (ANB70) of the Transportation Research Board, National Academy of Sciences. He is also a past member of the Advisory Council for the Center for Transportation Safety, Texas Transportation Institute, Texas A&M University.

“I am honored to join the ITNAmerica Board of Directors. Over the last several years, I’ve worked with Katherine Freund and have learned much about the critical importance of maintaining the mobility of seniors and others who are no longer able to get where they need to go,” said Dave. “I’ve visited several cities where ITN maintains a presence. I’ve met many ITN volunteers and have been humbled by their caring spirit and their strong sense of ITN’s mission. I’m looking forward to this opportunity to give back to those in need.”

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 20 years ago and has since grown into a network of 27 affiliated communities in 20 states from coast to coast. ITNAmerica also operates the nonprofit toll-free hotline and website Rides In Sight, which lists more than 15,000 transportation providers across the country. Learn more at and