Transportation Resources

senior transportation
Tips on finding transportation assistance, how to spot warning signs that a senior shouldn't be driving and much more.

As seniors age, the conversation whether driving is safe can be difficult. However, having alternative means of transportation available can help the conversation go a little smoother and ease your loved one's sense that they are losing their independence. Seniors may need transportation to go to the grocery store, run errands, attend doctor appointments or socialize in the community. Families can hire a private caregiver to provide transportation or use transportation services in the community.

When hiring a private caregiver ensure the person has a valid driver's license and is insured. Ask to see their driving record. If a caregiver uses their own vehicle often the family will reimburse the caregiver for mileage, or the family can choose to let the caregiver use the family's vehicle.

Communities often have their own local transportation services such as a senior ride program or a veteran transportation program. These transportation services typically have accommodations if someone uses a wheelchair and needs assistance. Some public transportation such as a bus, train, or subway system may also offer senior discounts.

To find what transportation resources or discounts are available in your area contact your local Area Agency on Aging.

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Transportation Resources By State
Alabama-Transportation Eventually all seniors reach a point where operating a vehicle is no longer safe. Some seniors resist this change fearing the loss of independence. Not only does Alabama have accessible...
Alaska - Transportation When impaired eyesight or other health reasons force seniors to hand over the keys, this decision often represents a "surrendering of freedom," causing the senior to feel unsettled...
Arizona - Transportation In most families, elderly loved ones want to remain independent for as long as possible.  This is why it is usually difficult to decide when to talk about taking the keys...
Arkansas-Transportation Seniors across the country fear a loss of mobility as they age, but for those living in rural Arkansas, transportation is a special concern. Public transportation is not nearly...
California - Transportation While being able to get around town is a sign of independence, there comes a time when seniors may need help. If the time has come to have a difficult conversation with your...
Colorado - Transportation The freedom associated with owning your own automobile is sewn deeply into the fabric of our country, which is why the act of taking one's road test as a teenager is so exciting. ...
Connecticut - Transportation Ride Services Connecticut offers some great transportation resources that your loved one can use to remain active, social, and independent without a license or a car. Adult...
Delaware - Transportation Although many senior citizens have driven for most of their lives, there usually comes a time when it is no longer safe for them to be driving.  When this time comes, it...
Florida - Transportation If a senior decides to give up driving, friends and family often fill in to offer rides to appointments or for shopping.  But sometimes, a senior has to find alternate transportation...
Georgia - Transportation When a senior no longer feels safe driving, they may decide to give up a car and seek out other transportation options to get around. Sometimes, family members notice changes...
Hawaii - Transportation For health or psychological reasons, many seniors make the tough decision to hand over the keys. This decision is a difficult one; because for many, it represents a surrendering...
Idaho-Transportation Many seniors find eventually that they cannot safely operate a vehicle and must find alternate transportation options. Because of Idaho's rural setting, this poses a unique challenge...
Illinois - Transportation Affordable and accessible transportation is a must for seniors. Just because their time behind the wheel is over, your elderly parents do not want to have to depend on you to...
Indiana - Transportation At some point, even the most capable seniors are going to have to stop driving their own car.  It may not be easy and they may be resistant, but at some point taking the keys...
Iowa-Transportation Driving sometimes becomes a challenge for seniors because of impaired vision, reaction time, mobility, and memory. At some point, however, most opt to stop driving. Seniors struggle...
Kansas - Transportation Seniors are often reluctant to give up driving, but many families decide the keys have to be taken away.  Luckily, there are plenty of alternative transportation resources...
Kentucky - Transportation As difficult as it may be, at some point in the aging process, a conversation about taking the keys away must happen with an elderly loved one.  Luckily, there are plenty...
Louisiana - Transportation Resources Almost all seniors reach a point at which they need to stop driving, although most are reluctant to do so.  At this time it is very important to discuss taking...
Maine - Transportation For many seniors, the decision to stop driving is not taken lightly. In addition to just getting to appointments or to visit friends, a license represents independence for many...
Maryland - Transportation When a senior decides to stop driving, new ways of getting around have to be planned. Seniors are reluctant to lose the independence that comes with driving, but several transportation...
Massachusetts - Transportation When a loved one decides to stop driving, the transition is momentous. While you may feel relief that safety is no longer an issue, the logistics of getting to doctors'...
Michigan-Transportation For some seniors the independence of driving is very hard to give up, even when it is a safety risk. If you are nervous about having a conversation with your loved one about giving...
Minnesota - Transportation For many families discussing taking the keys away or asking a senior to stop driving are dreaded conversations. Fraught with concerns over independence and mobility, many seniors...
Mississippi - Transportation Resources As difficult as it is for a senior to accept, there may come a time when they are no longer safe driving.  At this point, although it may be tough to bring...
Missouri - Transportation Resources Sometimes an accident will cause a senior to stop driving while other seniors continue to drive even if their ability to do so is questioned. But at some point, most...
Montana - Senior Transportation It is always difficult to tell a senior that it is no longer safe for them to drive, but at some point giving up driving must be discussed. Many seniors are reluctant to...
Transportation Get your senior around town with these transportation options. As seniors age, the conversation whether driving is safe can be difficult. Not all seniors are capable of continuing to drive....
Nebraska - Senior Transportation One of the more difficult family discussions you will have will likely center on a senior's waning ability to drive a car safely. It is never easy to tell a senior that...
Nevada - Transportation Resources It isn't easy to tell a senior that it is time to take the keys away, but at some point it may no longer be safe for an elderly loved one to be behind the wheel. ...
New Hampshire - Transportation For many seniors, giving up driving is a tough decision. Often, families feel relief that their senior is safer turning in their license, but getting to appointments and...
New Jersey - Transportation Although families of seniors may express relief when their loved one chooses to stop driving, it still can be daunting to figure out how they will get around.  Many transportation...
New Mexico - Transportation When elderly family members are forced to hand over their license and car keys, they often feel a sense of loss.  As family members and caregivers, we can work to counteract...
New York - Transportation Adequate transportation is important to ensure that your loved one has access to essential services such as medical care and grocery shopping.  If your loved one can no...
North Carolina - Senior Transportation It may not be the easiest topic to discuss, but once a senior is no longer safe behind the wheel, alternatives must be looked into. Although your loved one may be...
North Dakota - Transportation During the aging process there often comes a time when the keys must be taken away from an elderly loved one.  Luckily, not all mobility is lost when a senior loses...
Ohio-Transportation Transportation is a chief issue of concern for seniors, especially those accustomed to a high level of mobility. By becoming familiar with the vast transportation options offered in...
Oklahoma - Senior Transportation Few seniors give up driving enthusiastically, but as a loved one ages the time may come to take away the keys. Many seniors do not want to lose the independence that comes...
Oregon - Transportation Our ability to drive gives us the freedom to control our own schedules; we drive ourselves to shopping malls, medical centers, movie theaters, places of worship, and to our places...
Pennsylvania - Transportation When your loved one has lost the ability to drive, it can be difficult to figure out how they will get around, but there are many transportation resources available for...
Rhode Island - Transportation Many seniors depend on adult children, friends, and neighbors to help them get around once they have given up driving, but sometimes busy lives and distance make this impossible. ...
South Carolina - Transportation Very often, seniors are reluctant to stop driving a car because it often means a loss of independence. But if your loved one is ready to stop driving or needs to stop...
South Dakota - Senior Transportation For most seniors there comes a time when it is no longer safe for them to be behind the wheel.  Although it may be a tough talk to have, discussing taking the...
Tennessee - Transportation Getting Started Before you have the conversation with your senior about possibly giving up driving, make sure you are ready to show them details of the resources available...
Texas - Transportation Most seniors decide to stop driving on their own as they age. But if they do not make that choice, it is often difficult to know when to talk about taking the keys away. Nonetheless,...
Utah - Transportation It can be difficult to figure out how your loved one is going to get around when they have lost the ability to drive. You may wish to take on the responsibility yourself, but there...
Vermont - Transportation One of the biggest decisions seniors can make is when to stop driving. They (and family members) might feel some relief at giving up the car, but also some sadness at the perceived...
Virginia - Transportation Many seniors are reluctant to give up driving as they lose some independence by doing so.  But other transportation is available in Virginia that helps a senior remain independent...
Washington D.C. - Transportation Senior transportation presents unique challenges. Your loved one may no longer be able to drive independently, but they still have transportation needs for medical...
Washington - Transportation The decision for seniors to stop driving is difficult and requires quite a bit of humility and self-awareness.  For these reasons, it's important to be as understanding...
West Virginia - Senior Transportation It may be a tough conversation to have, but at some point a senior may have to give up the keys and stop driving.  A senior may be resistant to the idea of losing...
Wisconsin - Transportation A senior who is resistant to giving up driving often fears a loss of independence and the ability to get around. But the time may come when taking the keys away must be discussed. ...
Wyoming - Senior Transportation Elderly loved ones want to remain independent for as long as possible and for these seniors, giving up driving is especially difficult.  This is why it is usually...
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