Imagine what life would be like if you lost your ability to drive. Would your friends and family be able to get you everywhere you'd like to go? If it's available in your area, would you begin to use public transportation? Unfortunately, for too many of our area's seniors, life without a car means isolation from essential services and the life-enhancing activities that should make their golden years enjoyable. Nationally, it is estimated that the period of "transportation dependence" averages 8 years for men and 10 for women. Combine this with serious current service gaps and a projected 80 percent increase in our nation's senior population as the “baby boomers” retire, and you can begin to understand the problems we face. Our goal is to help you plan ahead for "transportation independence" and provide resources to make the right decisions for yourself and your family
Supplemental Senior Transportation is important to increase transportation options available to Miami Valley residents over the age of 60 for both life essential and life enhancing purposes. Whether it is getting to the doctor, or going to a senior center to enjoy time with friends, staying connected to the community is important for seniors. There are a variety of programs that already exist that provide transportation to seniors in some communities in the Miami Valley, and you can find those by visiting Miami Valley Ride Finder. Links to all public transit providers in Greene, Miami and Montgomery counties are also available through the website.
Miami Valley Ride Finder is one stop web site for information about available transportation in the Miami Valley. The web site is designed to provide contact information as well as general information about transportation providers in and around the Miami Valley.
If there are no supplemental senior services listed for your community, contact your local senior center or local government to find out if a service that we are unaware of exists in your community, or to suggest that there is a need for such a service.
Are you looking for a simple way to help someone in our community? Are you a safe driver? Becoming a volunteer driver is an opportunity that can really make a difference in the quality of someone's life!
Staying mobile and connected is essential to healthy aging. Many seniors in our community need safe and affordable options to get around the community after driving is no longer a safe option. There are three simple ways you can help:
- You can simply offer an elderly friend or neighbor a ride: to the store, the doctor or to a recreational activity. Many seniors are reluctant to ask; so offer!
- You can become a regular volunteer driver and help seniors through one of several existing volunteer transportation programs in the Greater Dayton Region.
- You can start a volunteer transportation program. There are parts of the Miami Valley that do not have a senior transportation program. If you are interested in starting a program through a church, service group or other community group, please contact Bob Steinbach at 937.531.6531 or firstname.lastname@example.org to learn how you can start up a program. There are a variety of models and resources across the country, and MVRPC can assist you with researching what might make the most sense in your community.
For more information on how you can help area seniors stay active and involved, contact Kjirsten Frank Hoppe at 937.531.6524 or email@example.com.
If there is a transportation provider in your area, you may also call them directly! Go to: http://www.miamivalleyridefinder.org/ for a listing of senior transportation providers in the Miami Valley. Most of those programs are always looking for dependable volunteers.
MVRPC staff will speak with service clubs, senior clubs, and other groups, and we'd be happy to come speak with you! Also, you can spread the word by using our Service Clubs Presentation.
There are a number of resources on the web concerning senior transportation issues. These resources include ways to extend safe driving years, as well as resources for deciding when to stop driving and how to talk to a loved one about the issue of driving.
For Additional Information: Senior Transportation Issues Links
MVRPC has also developed a local resource called Staying Connected in the Miami Valley that has tips, suggestions and a planning guide for local seniors and their families.