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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

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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 www.itnamerica.org and www.ridesinsight.org.

WRDE Coast TV: New Transportation for Seniors

July 29, 2015

(REHOBOTH BEACH, Del.) – The Independent Transportation Network, ITN, company is in 27 states across the country and now it’s coming to Delaware.

All thanks to Sussex County native, Nancy Feichtl who spearheaded the idea.

“We’ll take you to the doctor’s office, the grocery store, get your hair done, take your dog to the vet, go to the movies, even if you want to go to the bar and watch the football game,” explained Feichtl.

The network provides transportation to senior citizens over the age of 65 and adults who are visually impaired.

The network already has sparked an interest with some middle-aged children.

“They won’t have to take off work, they just have to make sure that their parents’ accounts are active so they can get where they need to go,” said Feichtl.

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Savvy Senior: How to choose the best place to retire

July 23, 2015

Savvy Senior: How to choose the best place to retireDear Savvy Senior, My wife and I will both be retiring in a year or two and are interested in moving to a smaller house in a better climate but could use some help. What resources can you recommend for locating and researching good places to retire in the U.S.? — Looking To Relocate

Dear Looking, If you’re interested in relocating when you retire, like millions of other baby boomers, there are a wide variety of free Web-based resources that can help you find and research a new location that meet your wants, needs and budget. Here are several to help you get started.

Where to retire?

If you aren’t sure where you want to retire, a good place to begin is by taking a retirement test at sites like Sperling’s Best Places (www.bestplaces.net/fybp) or Find Your Spot (www.findyourspot.com). These are free quizzes that ask dozens of questions on your preferences such as climate, recreation, community size and more, and suggest possible destinations that best match your answers.

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Savvy Senior: How to choose the best place to retire

July 22, 2015

QUESTION: My wife and I will both be retiring in a year or two and are interested in moving to a smaller house in a better climate. What resources can you recommend for locating and researching good places to retire in the U.S.?

ANSWER: There are a wide variety of free Web-based resources that can help you find and research a new location that meet your wants, needs and budget.

If you aren’t sure where you want to retire, a good place to begin is by taking a retirement test at sites like Sperling’s Best Places (bestplaces.net/fybp) or Find Your Spot (findyourspot.com). These are free quizzes that ask dozens of questions on your preferences such as climate, recreation, community size and more, and suggest possible destinations.

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Orlando Sentinel: Lack of transportation has serious consequences for older adults

July 21, 2015

Ruth Combs, 80, of Orlando, who does not drive, gets a ride from John McCallister, 76, a volunteer driver for ITN Orlando.Ruth Combs stood on the sidewalk in front of her Orlando home in a pastel belted dress, stud earrings and rimless glasses, awaiting her ride on a recent afternoon. When the cherry-red Toyota Camry pulled up, she got in with ease.

“Since my husband has passed away, ITN has been like my soul mate again, you know?” said Combs, 80.

ITNOrlando is one of a handful of local groups that help shuttle the elderly to doctors appointments and errands.

Central Florida offers few options for older Americans who are retiring their car keys. For seniors who can no longer drive, the lack of alternatives poses myriad health concerns, psychologists say.

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The Californian: Business News – Cuda joins ITNMontereyCounty

July 20, 2015

Aimee CudaAimee Cuda has joined Independent Transportation Network Monterey County as its Executive Director.

Cuda has more than 12 years experience in fund raising and related fields, including her work at Voices for Children – CASA, The First Tee of Monterey County, The Carmel Foundation, and York School.

ITNMontereyCounty is a nonprofit providing transportation for seniors and visually-impaired adults.

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