Access to transportation for the elderly is of increasing concern as baby boomers approach retirement. Though the problem is major, many communities already have some programs in place to improve mobility for seniors.
"As the oldest of the nation's 79 million baby boomers turn 61 this year, the specter of aging and its consequences loom large. Boomers may be worrying about their parents now but know they may experience similar challenges someday."
"Concern over how the bulging population of seniors will get around in a sprawling nation heavily dependent on the automobile is paramount among advocates for the elderly - so much so that Markwood's group is making transportation the centerpiece of its annual "Home for the Holidays" campaign."
"'Half of American households don't have access to adequate transportation options other than cars,' Markwood says. 'Rural America and suburbs don't have public transportation available.'"
"Through the Eldercare Locator program the association administers nationwide, the group is encouraging adult children visiting their aging parents to take appropriate steps to connect Mom and Dad with a way to get to the doctor, the pharmacy, the beauty shop or the grocery store. The group is getting the word out - through brochures that will be distributed by local agencies for the aging - that many areas provide free transportation to the elderly."