FERRIER FILES: Senior Ride Nashville gives elders who gave up driving a new alternative

FERRIER FILES: Senior Ride Nashville gives elders who gave up driving a new alternative

By Dennis Ferrier via Fox 17 Nashville

John Hutcheson is constantly driving Jo Lemaire to run errands.

On Monday, it was the doctor. Tuesday, it’s the beauty shop and Kroger.

One might guess John is Jo's son. The ages are right and the relationship is personal right down to doctor's visits.

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Senior Ride Nashville Prevents Isolation, Connects Riders & Drivers

By Melanie Kilgore-Hill via Nashville Medical News

Social isolation is an increasingly common challenge for seniors nationwide. Getting to doctor's appointments, accessing nutritious foods and simply engaging with others is particularly difficult for those who no longer drive or who do not have easy access to transportation.

What Your Aging Parents Want You To Know Before Discussing Their Driving & Housing

By Joseph Coughlin via Forbes

Last month Britain's Prince Philip collided his Land Rover with another vehicle resulting in a rollover. The accident produced at least two surprises. The first was that the 97-year old Royal was not injured and, second, that he was at the wheel at all.

While there is no clear scientific evidence that reveals how old is too old to drive, 97-years old is old enough to stimulate a public discussion about hanging up the keys. And, indeed, three weeks after the accident, Prince Philip surrendered his driver’s license.

Companies Respond to an Urgent Health Care Need: Transportation

By Janet Morrissey via the New York Times

As America’s baby boomers are hitting 65 at a rate of 10,000 a day, and healthier lifestyles are keeping them in their homes longer, demand is escalating for a little talked-about — yet critical — health care-related job: Transporting people to and from nonemergency medical appointments.

“It’s going to become a massive phenomena,” said Ken Dychtwald, founder and chief executive of Age Wave, a consulting firm specializing in age-related issues. “This is an unmet need that’s going to be in the tens of millions of people.”

Senior Ride Nashville continues to expand as it reaches one year anniversary

By Dylan Aycock via The Rover

Senior Ride Nashville is a non-profit organization launched in November 2017 to improve the quality of lives within the city’s aging community.

Within one year, the volunteer-powered transportation service has grown from its Bellevue roots to include all of West Nashville, Donelson, Old Hickory, Hermitage, and, beginning this month, East Nashville.

Senior Ride Nashville provides invaluable service on Election Day and beyond

Via The Green Hills News

While Tennessee residents aged 65 years and older account for nearly 20 percent of the voting-eligible population in the state, it is difficult for many older residents to vote in elections—for the simple fact that they are unable to drive themselves to their polling locations. One non-profit organization is here to help. Senior Ride Nashville, a new community program that pairs older adults who no longer drive with volunteers who do, finds it important that their riders are able to vote on Election Day or vote early if they so choose.

Nashville nonprofit makes sure Seniors get to the polls on voting day

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) - In less than two weeks, Tennesseans will head to the polls to cast their ballots and make their voices heard.  

While getting to a polling location, sounds simple, for some, it can be a challenge. One Nashville nonprofit is working to make sure no senior is left at home. 

This nonprofit helps seniors move around Nashville, and you can help too.

By Carrie Brumfield via The Tennessean

Imagine for a moment that you are now unable to drive after a lifetime of independence. How might you feel if you could no longer go to the places you want or need and see the people you want?

As you may have found in this thought experiment, not being able to drive is not just a logistical problem—it can negatively impact a person’s health and happiness. When combined with the necessity of depending on others, our aging population must endure negative repercussions to their everyday lives and to their psychological health.

Seniors struggle to get on board transportation revolution

Seniors struggle to get on board transportation revolution

By Joe Morris via Nashville Ledger

There’s no getting around the fact that Tennessee’s senior citizens are having trouble getting around.

Not simply in terms of physical mobility; a decrease in that happens to most everyone as they age. The problem facing Tennessee, especially in its rural communities, is a lack of transportation options for the aging and elderly, especially those who live alone.

'Senior Ride Nashville' Helping The Homebound With Affordable Rides For The Elderly

By Kristen Skovira via NewsChannel5

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Many Nashville seniors can no longer drive, so quick trips to the grocery store or the bank can become big ordeals. Now, new non-profit Senior Ride Nashville is helping the homebound. 

Molly says she loved the open road.

New Nonprofit Finds Creative Solution To Nashville's Transportation Woes

By Sarah McCarthy via NewsChannel5

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - A new nonprofit organization is implementing a creative solution to help a select population get around in a city that has yet to agree on a mass transit plan.

Senior Ride Nashville launched in November to connect volunteer drivers with elderly people who no longer drive.

"It's a blessing from heaven that I have this service from people who care about people like me," said rider and Madison resident Celia Bolarte.

Belmont University's Occupational Therapy, Enactus Students Support Senior Ride Nashville

Belmont University's Occupational Therapy, Enactus Students Support Senior Ride Nashville

Though Senior Ride Nashville (SRN), a local nonprofit dedicated to providing affordable and assisted transportation to older adults in the Nashville community, has only two and a half full time staff members, the team becomes much larger when considering the Belmont students who have become actively engaged in the organization’s mission. Launched just six months ago in late 2017, SRN has provided more than 800 trips for nearly 90 riders throughout the West Nashville and Madison communities. Looking forward, the team plans to be county-wide by 2020.

'Driving' Solutions for Nashville’s Aging Adults (The Tennessean, Opinion)

When its time to give up the keys, senior citizens need to keep moving. Senior Ride Nashville could be the solution.

Ed Cole is a board member of the Council on Aging of Middle Tennessee and the chair of the Senior Transportation Leadership Coalition.

How do you plan to get around Nashville once driving yourself is no longer an option? As an older adult, I see firsthand that our city’s growing aging population faces a challenge of what to do when driving becomes difficult or impossible.

Nashville and Middle Tennessee are built around the car as the primary means of mobility. While this is beginning to change, there is rapidly growing population of older adults who will find great value in creative ways to replace "self as driver" while still enjoying the mobility provided by the car.

According to research, in just four more years, 22 percent of all Tennesseans will be age 65 or older.  Among senior adults, the fastest growing age group are those 85 years old and older. For the majority of older adults, all of the benefits of driving are still important even when the ability to drive goes away or significantly diminishes. Getting to the doctor, shopping for groceries, meeting for lunch with friends and visiting a barber or stylist are parts of healthy living.

As an active board member of the Council on Aging of Middle Tennessee and chair of the Senior Transportation Leadership Coalition, I know Nashville’s transportation issues firsthand. How can we provide another way to let the car still be a key element in getting around while recognizing more and more of us in the years ahead do not want to be – and perhaps at some point should not be – the driver?

When its time to give up the keys, we need a user friendly service to keep us moving – a convenient, affordable volunteer program that is organized, safe and dependable, and helps us maintain our quality of life and connection to the community.

From the Coalition’s research and discussions over the past 18 months emerged Senior Ride Nashville, a new volunteer-based ride service for older adults that is slated to begin limited service in Nashville in mid-2017.

The service brings together two of Nashville's greatest strengths: a growing and vibrant population of aging adults and a tradition of volunteerism and neighbors helping neighbors.  Everyone wins: the older adult maintains the vitality that mobility each day can provide and the volunteer is a catalyst to meaningful change. Now, all we need is a group of worthy and dedicated volunteers to help this Council on Aging initiative shift into high gear.

The service is not intended to replace current mobility options, but supplement them. For instance, if a volunteer-provided service from door to door is needed, Senior Ride Nashville will provide the trip.  If other services are more appropriate, such as AccessRide, Uber, Lyft, traditional taxi, transit, bus, van limo etc., Senior Ride Nashville will make the referral in the easiest way possible.

The primary goal of Senior Ride Nashville is to harness the energy, vitality and volunteer spirit of our community to meet the growing mobility needs of our older adult neighbors. Senior Ride Nashville taps into technology to match the need for a trip with the willingness of a volunteer. It offers a way to provide not only a ride, but caring assistance and friendly conversation.

These are the kinds of transportation solutions that will continue to keep Nashville’s aging population connected and on the road to aging well.

To stay informed on the latest news about Senior Ride Nashville, volunteer or sign-up for updates here: seniorridenashville.org