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Transportation Challenges: Is Your Community Livable?

Posted By Guest Blogger On July 14, 2014 @ 5:13 pm In Take Care | No Comments

Dennis Eisnach – AARP National Policy Council volunteer

What do you do when you live in rural America [1] and need a ride to the doctor’s office or have to pick up a prescription at the drugstore? Transportation is a basic need for seniors who want to age in place. This is a problem faced by seniors in rural America and many urban areas.

Senior couple boarding bus [2]As people age they become more dependent on public transportation [3]. In rural America where there is limited public transportation this becomes a serious issue. Many seniors living in rural areas are hundreds of miles from services to provide for their basic needs. Many have to depend on relatives and friends for transportation if they want to remain in their home.

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In the long term, we cannot expected these volunteers [5] to provide this transportation service indefinitely. This will result in seniors having to relocate into more expensive assisted-living programs, which means the outcomes are not as good and considerably more expensive.

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[1] live in rural America: http://blog.aarp.org/2013/04/18/public-transportation-lifeline-for-older-adults-in-rural-america/?intcmp=AE-BLIL-BL

[2] Image: http://blog.aarp.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/07/iStock_000033775010_Medium.jpg

[3] public transportation: http://www.aarp.org/home-family/getting-around/driving-resource-center/info-08-2013/how-to-find-local-transportation-alternatives.html?intcmp=AE-BLIL-DOTORG

[4] >> Sign up for the AARP Health Newsletter : http://www.aarp.org/online-community/people/subscribeFromEmail.action?id=19061&intcmp=ILC-EMAIL-SUB-HLTH

[5] volunteers: http://www.aarp.org/giving-back/?intcmp=AE-BLIL-DOTORG

[6] community livable: http://www.aarp.org/livable-communities/?intcmp=AE-BLIL-DOTORG

[7] RFD-TV: http://www.rfdtv.com/story/25978683/rural-america-live-with-aarp#.U8REMqW1Hzg

[8] watch right here: http://www.aarp.org/tv-radio/aarp-live/?cmp=RDRCT-RFD_APR16_012

[9] >> Get discounts on health services with your AARP Member Advantages.: http://discounts.aarp.org/category/supercategory/categoryId/724/subCategoryId/726/uSource/HCTN?intcmp=AE-BL-HEA-DISC

[10] monkeybusinessimages/iStock: http://www.istockphoto.com/photo/senior-couple-boarding-bus-using-wheelchair-access-ramp-33775010

[11] Different Generations, Similar Desire for Walkable Communities: http://blog.aarp.org/2014/06/25/different-generations-similar-desire-for-walkable-communities/?intcmp=AE-ENDART1-BL-REL

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