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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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