Staying Mobile: Transportation Resources for Non-Driving Seniors

Nancy Snyder

Home Health Care, Transportation for Seniors

Maintaining independence as we age is a top priority for many seniors. However, giving up driving can significantly impact daily life, limiting access to essential services, social activities, and even healthcare appointments. 

Fortunately, numerous resources are available to help non-driving seniors stay mobile and connected to their communities.

According to the National Aging and Disability Transportation Center, over 600,000 older adults stop driving each year. This highlights the crucial need for alternative transportation options to ensure their well-being and social engagement.

Here are six key resources that can help non-driving seniors stay on the road and maintain their independence longer:

  1. Public Transportation: Many cities offer bus systems, subways, or light rail options at affordable fares. Seniors can benefit from discounted rates and accessible features like ramps and designated seating. Familiarizing yourself with routes and schedules beforehand can ease the transition. Kalamazoo Metro Transit: https://www.kmetro.com/plan-your-trip/routes.
  2. Paratransit Services: Public transportation agencies often provide specialized paratransit services for individuals with disabilities or mobility limitations. These services typically require advanced booking and offer door-to-door pick-up and drop-off, making them convenient for those who need extra assistance. Kalamazoo Metro Share: https://www.kmetro.com/metro-share, Disability Network Kalamazoo https://www.dnswm.org/resources/information/transportation/.
  3. Senior Transportation Programs: Many local organizations, community centers, and faith-based groups offer transportation programs specifically designed for seniors. These programs may involve volunteer drivers, subsidized taxi vouchers, or specialized vehicles catering to specific needs. Kalamazoo Area Agency on Aging programs: https://www.kalcounty.com/hcs/aaa/pdf_files/common_inquiries/Transportation%20Services%20Detail.pdf.
  4. Ridesharing Apps: Technology can also be a helpful tool. Ridesharing services like Uber and Lyft offer on-demand transportation options with user-friendly apps. While not always the most budget-friendly choice, they provide flexibility and convenience for occasional trips. AARP tips: https://www.aarp.org/home-family/personal-technology/info-2022/ride-hailing.html
  5. Friends and Family: Don’t underestimate the power of social support. Leaning on family members, friends, or neighbors for rides can be a valuable resource for occasional errands or social outings. It’s important to establish clear communication and offer appreciation for their assistance.
  6. Caring Companions Kalamazoo: Did you know Caring Companions Kalamazoo offers transportation services to appointments, shopping, or other excursions? Give Us A Call: 269-204-6537 or visit our Transportaiton Services page at https://caringcompanionskalamazoo.com/transportation-services/.

Remember, staying mobile is essential for overall well-being, and with the right support system, seniors can navigate this transition smoothly and continue enjoying an active and engaged lifestyle. Exploring the various resources available may empower non-driving seniors to maintain their independence, stay connected to their communities, and continue living fulfilling lives. With a little help from Caring Companions Kalamazoo.

Source: National Aging and Disability Transportation Center: 

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