Date: 4/26/2017 1:07 PM EDT

Do you have ideas on how to improve public transportation in Montgomery County, PA?

Montgomery County Aging and Adult Services Office will be hosting four listening sessions related to the transportation needs of Adult Day Centers and Senior Centers. These sessions will be hosted at the following locations and times.

 April 27th 10:00 am to 11:00 am at TriCounty Active Adult Center  288 Moser Road, Suite 1, Pottstown

 May 2nd 10:15 am to 11:15 am at S.A.A.C. — Norristown  536 George Street, Norristown

 May 2nd 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm at Montgomery County HSC  1430 DeKalb Street, Community Room, Norristown

 May 3rd 10:00 am to 11:00 am at Generations of Indian Valley  259 North Second Street, Souderton

 May 4th 10:00 am to 11:00 am at Kleinlife  7763 Old York Road, Elkins Park

 May 5th 10:00 am to 11:00 am at S.A.A.C. — Ambler  45 Forest Avenue, Ambler

For more information contact:

Montgomery County Aging and Adult Services

Human Services Center 1430 DeKalb Street 2nd Floor Norristown, PA 19404

610-278-3641

Posted by superseatz

Date: 4/25/2017 11:35 AM EDT

It’s never easy for an older person to give up his driver’s license.  But after a certain age, it usually is not safe for the person to be behind the wheel; and either the aging person or his caregivers are forced to make that life-altering decision. There are many physical limitations that come with age which may impair the person’s ability to drive, such as slowed reaction times; pain and stiffness in the neck, which may make it hard to look over one’s shoulder; and failing eyesight.  It’s a fact that fatal crash rates rise sharply after a driver has reached the age of 70,” according to https://www.helpguide.org/articles/aging-well/age-and-driving-safety-tips.htm . However, there is no arbitrary age at which one should stop driving; it depends on the abilities of the individual.

Unfortunately, the losing one’s driver’s license can mean a loss of independence, which can lead to increased isolation, depression, and other health problems (see  https://www.truelinkfinancial.com/news/diminished-independence-can-impact-health-well-older-adults).

There are many transportation services available today which offer choices and make it possible to get around with dignity.

SEPTA Paratransit

Paratransit is a ride-sharing service that is offered to persons over 65 and those with disabilities who are unable to use fixed route buses and/or trains. Septa’s shared-Ride program is a door-to-door, advance-reservation service, offered on a space-available basis to senior citizens 65 years of age and residents of Philadelphia. This service can be used to travel within the City of Philadelphia and to any location in the surrounding counties within three miles of the City's border. For more information, visit

http://www.septa.org/service/cct/index.html#seniorFree

Bucks County

 Bucks County Transport, Inc. (BCT) is a private, non-profit organization that provides shared ride transportation services for all Bucks County residents. Residents can take part in our Senior Citizen Shared Ride ProgramMedical Assistance Transportation ProgramPersons with Disabilities Transportation Program, Doylestown Dart, or Bucks County Courthouse Shuttle. We're here to help you get where you need to go. Call 215-794-5554 for general info; 1-888-795-0740 for reservations.

For more information, go to http://www.visitbuckscounty.com/meetings/services/transportation/?skip=0&sort=rankTitle&subcatids=2368&regionids=92.

Montgomery County

TransNet offers adults age 65 and older an economical, safe, efficient, curb-to-curb transportation option in Montgomery County. With one call a day before transportation is needed, you can arrange to share a discounted-fare ride with others in a sedan or van, within multiple service areas in Montgomery County. Please contact the Call Center at (215) 542-7433 for details.

For more information, click here: http://www.suburbantransit.org/programs/shared-ride-program/

 Uber

Uber is a personal, door to door ride sharing service that is quick and safe. Here’s how it works:

  1. Request a ride. On a smart phone or computer, select a ride option to see wait time, size, and price. Then enter your pickup location and tap request—your driver will arrive in minutes.
  2. Your ride comes to you. You’ll see your driver’s contact information and vehicle details in the app, so you know you’re getting in the right car.
  3. Pay and go. Hop out and rate your driver when you reach your destination. We automatically charge the credit card on file, so you never need cash.
For more information or to request a ride, see https://www.uber.com/cities/philadelphia/.

Lyft

Lyft is another door-to-door ride service, similar to Uber, which advertises lower costs than hiring a taxi. Fares are paid online, and there is never any money exchanged between driver and rider. For more information or to book a ride, go to

Other Sources for Transportation

While some may find commercial transportation services desirable, others prefer to ask friends or family members to drive them to doctor’s appointments or the grocery store, or to run errands. Additionally, many churches have ministries which supply rides to people. Call the administrative office of your own place of worship, or search the internet for “church transportation ministries” in your area.

About Hidden Meadows on the Ridge

Hidden Meadows on the Ridge is a senior care community in Upper Bucks' County, less than 30 miles north of Philadelphia.  With 54 private and shared living studies, Hidden Meadows on the Ridge provides a peaceful setting where seniors can maintain their independence while having access to professional personalized services and nursing care.  Hidden Meadows on the Ridge is a pet friendly community. The Laurels, our newly designed memory care residence, offers 48 private or shared rooms. Tucked in the beautiful, serene Bucks County countryside, Hidden Meadows on the Ridge understands and addresses seniors’ concerns of preserving their independence while maintaining their physical health and safety, and mental health and providing peace of mind for family members and caregivers. For more information, like our Facebook Page.

 

 

 

 

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