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:
- Physical and mental changes
- Age-related functional declines or skill loss lead to less driving
- Less driving leads to less overall mobility
- 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.