Transportation Programs Help Reclaim Older Adults’ Independence

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Apr 08, 2021

Older adults yearn to retain their independence to move about freely. It is important to remember that many older adults live active lives, are safe drivers and are able to use public transit. There is no universally accepted age at which people are no longer safe drivers, even though chronic conditions and disability, which occur more frequently in old age, certainly impact that skill. Its no wonder that the impact of having to give up the keys is a major, often negative, life event for many older adults. But the impact can be lessened considerably if alternatives to driving are readily available and accessible.
The vast majority of older adults nearly 90%, according to AARP choose to age in place in their homes and communities. Successful community living requires access to medical and other essential services. While the health impact of reduced access to needed medical services is obvious (missed appointments, ER visits, lack of continual care), social isolation due to lack of transportation can have an equally negative effect on physical and mental health. Without accessible, reliable and affordable transportation, many more older adults could face the possibility of placement in a long-term care facility.
Through a donation-based system, SRDAtransportation program provides older adults with rides to:

Medical appointments
Grocery shopping
Recreational Trips
Legal and social services

Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
With the strong support from Pueblo County Commissioners and the Pueblo Area Agency on Aging,SRDAis able to offer transportation that includes all areas of the county. Service is Curb-to-Curb City/County wide. Our vans are wheelchair accessible and have been recently outfitted with bicycle racks for recreational trips. Reservations are required at least 48 to 72 hours in advance.
SRDA now offers intergenerational transportation in Rural and Small Urbanized areas of Pueblo County as a part of the Healthy living Through Active Transportation Campaign. This intergenerational service is available in Blende, Avondale, Vineland, Colorado City, Pueblo West, and Beulah. Group recreational trips are available for all ages within normal operating hours. (outside city limits)
Senior Transportation programs help increase mobility and independence, in addition to decreasing isolation. For more information call: 719-543-9983.
Editors Note: This article was submitted by Tara Morrow, SRDA Deputy Director. For more information, contact the SRDA Active Adult Center at 719-554-8900.

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