Getting around town after you have turned in your keys

by Admin | May 24, 2011

Don’t be hesitant to look into senior transportation and elderly assistance programs, as you might be pleasantly surprised at what is offered in your region.  It goes without saying that driving is a huge convenience in our day to day lives.  However, most of us reach a time when we have to admit that may want to think about not driving anymore.  Sometimes this is a permanent decision and other times it is just temporary.   

The bottom line is that it doesn’t make sense to jeopardize your safety or the safety of others by driving at too advanced of an age.  The good news is that there are various senior transportation options that can help you.  Further, many areas have very active elderly assistance programs.  

Options for Senior Transportation

Most cities have a multitude of ways to get around town without driving.  For example, there is always the bus or the subway.  If you have a bus line conveniently located near your home, you may want to consider using it.  You will quickly appreciate the fact that taking public transportation can save a great deal of cash, too. 

Seniors can also take advantage of ride sharing.  This means that you can coordinate with friends and family members who are willing to transport you. 

Changing Your Mode of Senior Transportation Can Save You Money

Many cities offer senior citizens significant senior travel discounts on public transportation costs. You may quickly find that by giving up your car, you are saving a great deal of money each month now that you no longer will need to pay for gas, driver’s insurance or maintenance for your car. 

Check into Elderly Assistance Options

Oftentimes areas have special elderly assistance transportation options that can help seniors to get to medical appointments and community centers.  Sometimes elderly assistance transportation is also offered by religious centers.  Some areas even have volunteers who run elderly assistance programs that are dedicated to helping seniors to get around.  These options are usually not only free, but also a great way to meet other seniors in your region. 

Motorized Wheelchairs as Senior Transportation

If you live in a region with well-paved roads and nearby shopping, you may want to consider taking advantage of a motorized wheelchair or a mobility scooter.   Of course, it goes without saying that walking is always a great option.  It is not only free, but also very healthy for your body and mind.  Sometimes giving up your car can present a great opportunity to get more exercise and get into better shape. 

Signs that You Should Stop Driving

There are various signs that may help you to make the determination that driving is no longer in your future.  Oftentimes, a doctor will tell you that this is the case due to your deteriorating vision or your hearing.  Other times, you may feel that you are responding very slowly to situations that need quicker reflexes.  If you feel that you are having a hard time concentrating when you are driving, this is also a good time to stop. 

The bottom line is that aging effects one’s driving ability.  In fact, once a driver has reached the age of 70, the rate of car crashes goes up dramatically.  If you are still driving, make sure that you are taking enough precautions. For example, you should go in for regular eye exams and hearing exams.   Also if you are on medication, make sure that your doctor doesn’t feel as though it will impact your ability to drive.


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