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Issues Regarding Transportation in Seniors

It is inevitable for an individual to get old. And as a person gets older, his or her ability to perform various activities of daily living will greatly change, just like in driving. Even if you are a very great and amazing driver during your younger years, when you get older, your ability to safely drive a car and other automotive decreases. Evidences show that seniors tend to have more accidents, making driving for seniors to be unsafe and not advisable. To make sure of the seniors’ safety in terms of transportation, it is very important for seniors not to drive by themselves and have other alternatives.

Senses Important When Driving

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Issues Regarding Transportation in Seniors

It is very important when driving to see clearly and hear properly. Aside from sight and hearing, good mental ability and physical agility are also needed to drive safely. As people get older, sight, hearing, mental ability, and good physical agility are diminished, making driving to be more difficult as to driving during their younger years. With these important skills and senses diminished during senior years, seniors need to find safe alternatives and ways for them to go out without having the need to drive and put themselves at risk.

Seniors and Public Transportation

Public transportation can’t meet all the needs of most seniors. And some seniors find it stressful and confusing when using mass transit. Even if some seniors are more than willing to use public transportation, their present physical limitations and changes in mental abilities will prevent them from using public transportation. And when seniors use public transportation, it is very possible for them not to reach their destination and go to wrong places.

Seniors’ Transportation Alternatives

Not all seniors are lucky enough to have enough resources in terms of transportation and other people to drive for them anywhere they want to go. For seniors who do not have any access to private means of transportation, there are other transportation alternatives that are senior-friendly. There are senior busing services in many towns that can give discounted or even free rides to seniors. Aside from senior busing services, there are also ride-sharing plans and community shuttle services that can be used by seniors for their medical appointment and other important senior services. Always keep in mind that many seniors do not know how to access these senior services. It will be very beneficial if seniors have their family or other people who can help them in gaining access to such senior services.

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