SENIOR SOURCE - Family caregivers are sometimes torn between taking their parents to appointments because they are overwhelmed with of the rest of their hectic lives. Fortunately Colorado offers its seniors many options for alternative transportation, and several services to help them find the ones best suited to their needs.
Understanding How Health and Age Can Impact Safe Driving
Drive Smart Colorado produced a guide for aging driver, their families and caregivers. Drivers who use smart self-management to review their driving skills can retain their independence longer, while limiting risks to themselves and others. It is important to understand how aging and aging-related changes in health status affect the ability to drive safely. This guide is intended to help with that understanding. It also provides references to where more information and services may be obtained. CLICK HERE for the booklet and resources.
Resources for Getting Around Town
For residents in and around Denver, your first resource should be the FREE Getting There Guide. This guide is produced by the Denver Regional Mobility and Access Council and has several options to help Seniors with everything from medical appointments to shopping trips. CLICK HERE for a digital guide or to request a hard copy.
DRMAC also offers a Transportation Information and Assistance Center, available by calling 303-243-3113. Seniors can speak to a Transportation Resources Specialist to help them find their best options.
Another resource is TransitOptions. TransitOptions is an online database that gives transportation advice for specific situations by asking a series of questions. CLICK HERE
Northern Colorado Resources
For those in the Larimer and Weld County area, there is the NFRMPO Riders Guide. There is also a database similar to TransitOptions, called Find My Ride. CLICK HERE
For seniors in more rural areas of Colorado, information on localized transportation options is available from your local Area Agency on Aging. Find your local AAA. CLICK HERE
Seniors should not feel they have to give up their freedom simply because they are growing older, and caregivers should never feel guilty because they have too many responsibilities. Colorado offers several alternative transportation options to help seniors get wherever they need, or want, to be.
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