Posts Tagged ‘#sharearide’

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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WMTW 8: Transportation organization celebrates 20 years

June 17, 2015

Katherine Freund Storybook Tour WMTW 8ITN provides rides for people who cannot drive

PORTLAND, Maine – A group celebrated two decades of providing transportation to the visually impaired and aging drivers.

The organization ITNAmerica launched a 60-day national road trip to commemorate the anniversary of the nonprofit organization.

Each year, thousands of Americans take advantage of the Independent Transportation Network, which allows people who cannot drive or choose to give up their keys a transportation alternative.

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5 facts about older drivers

May 8, 2015

For Immediate Release

Contact:  Lisa Wolff, Marketing & Communications Manager lisa.wolff@itnamerica.org 207-591-6942

5 facts about older drivers

If these facts resonate with you, ITN
America wants to hear and share your stories!

PORTLAND, Maine – May 2015 – In honor of National Older Americans Month, ITNAmerica would like to share with you five important facts about older drivers:
Seniors Driving
1. By 2030, 1 out of every 5 Americans – more than 70 million people – will be 65 or older while many age-related changes that pose risks to safe driving begin even earlier.

2. Most Americans outlive their decision to stop driving by about a decade and continue to rely on rides with others in private automobiles for their transportation.

3. About 90% of trips for people over 65 are taken in the private automobile, as drivers or passengers, while 8% of trips are walking and only 2% are using public transit.

4. Transportation is the second-highest household expense after housing – comprising more than 20% of household expenditures.

5. At the last White House Conference on Aging (in 2005), delegates voted transportation options as the third-highest national policy priority, ahead of Medicare and Social Security.

Do any of these ring true to you? We want to hear and share your story!

Why? Because the Independent Transportation Network celebrates the 20th anniversary of the first ride by the only national transportation network for seniors, the Independent Transportation Network, this summer. In honor of this milestone, ITNAmerica Founder and President Katherine Freund is taking a 60-day cross-country road trip to broadcast these stories and gather materials for a book she will write about the people she meets, their stories, and her journey. The tour starts June 16th in Portland, Maine and ends August 14th.

Please visit www.storybooktour.org to submit your story. Like us on facebook and follow us on twitter to follow along with the tour.

Aging and losing your ability to drive doesn’t need to mean losing your ability to live a free and independent life. ITNAmerica knows this first hand. Help us make it known to even more people.

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.

About the ITN Storybook Tour

ITN’s Freund is putting her mileage where her mouth is by buckling up for the ITN Storybook Tour this summer. The 60-day cross-country road trip kicks off June 16, the day ITN gave its very first ride. Why? Sixty-four-year-old Freund wants to rally the nation to recognize the importance of mobility for people who can no longer drive, and own the solution for the next 20 years.

The ITN Storybook Tour celebrates and punctuates the spirit of volunteerism, political action, passion and endurance that will be necessary to rally the nation in support of providing sustainable senior mobility solutions at a time when it has never been more needed.

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.

About Rides in Sight

Rides in Sight is ITNAmerica‘s national database providing access to 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.

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

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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