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Senior Living & Resources

Transportation options for seniors

My dad was in his mid-80s when he stopped driving. He had had a good driving record despite a couple of times when he got lost looking for an out-of-town shopping center. Dad had just decided that he had had enough, sparing both my mom and me from having to sit him down and have "that talk" about when to put his keys away.

Today if he was still with us my dad, who knew how to stretch a dollar, would have turned to public transit. But first he would have had to tackle quite the learning curve — and he wouldn't have been alone.

East Bay organizations like the Center for Independent Living Inc., in Berkeley and the United Seniors of Oakland and Alameda County, offer "travel training" on how to use AC Transit and BART.

Through its Mobility Matters program The Center for Independent Living seniors, youth and people with disabilities can take one-on-one or group training on how to use transportation to get to the places they wish to go. Participants will learn a number of strategies that include mastering a specific route, how to use these transportation options safely and how to apply for a Regional Transit Connection Discount Card or a Clipper Card.

The Center for Independent Living can be reached at 510-841-4776 or ccallahan@cilberkeley.org and the United Seniors of Oakland and Alameda County can be contacted at 510-729-0852.

Information for seniors on planning local trips can also be located using the 511.org website and or the 511 phone service.

Many city and county agencies offer transportation services for older adults who are unable to use regular buses or commuter trains like East Bay Paratransit at eastbayparatransit.org, 510-287-5000 or toll-free at 800-555-8085.

Had my dad needed alternative travel options today, he would have had a lot more choices.

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