Transportation options available to seniors

Twenty-one percent of Americans older than 65 do not drive today, and as baby boomers begin to reach age 65, there are concerns about growing transportation needs nationwide.

The Eldercare Locator and the National Center on Senior Transportation have developed a new brochure to help older Americans and their families discuss transportation options, according to a news release.

“Planning ahead and understanding the options can give older adults and their family members peace of mind,” stated Sandy Markwood, who serves as chief executive officer of the National Association of Area Agencies on Aging, which administers the Eldercare Locator, a free service of the U.S. Administration on Aging.

Transportation options vary from community to community, and can include volunteer drivers and minibus services that provide door-to-door access.

The brochure, Transportation Options for Older Adults: Choices for Mobility Independence, describes transportation services, where to get information and key questions to ask service providers.

A free copy of the brochure can be obtained by visiting www.eldercare.gov or www.seniortransportation.net or by calling (800) 677-1116.