Transportation Options for Seniors

Transportation is a service that is important for seniors and disabled adults, especially those who do not drive.  Although it is a needed service, it is one with limited resources that a no-cost or low-cost.

Seniors represent the fastest-growing segment of drivers, with current projections suggesting that a quarter of all drivers will be over 65 by 2025.  Although seniors have an overall crash rate comparable to that of 20- and 30-year-old drivers, they are the most fragile drivers on the road, with a higher death rate per mile driven than any other group.

The age-related changes associated with driving often occur in a predictable sequence over a number of years and cause a gradual narrowing the individual’s social world. These changes include:

  1. Physical and mental changes
  2. Age-related functional declines or skill loss lead to less driving
  3. Less driving leads to less overall mobility
  4. Less overall mobility leads to increased isolation and other quality of life changes

The ADRC Helpline, part of the Area Agency on Aging of Pasco-Pinellas, Inc., provides information on transportation resources and options, including government funded programs, non-profit agencies, and for-profit businesses.  For more assistance, please call the Helpline at 1-800-963-5337.  Calling from outside the area: 727-217-8111.