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Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Partnership gets older adults and students on the road together

Beginning this spring, students enrolled in select classes at the University of Cincinnati have the opportunity to receive college credit for driving older adults in the community through a pilot project called Driving Community Connections.

UC and the Independent Transportation Network (ITN) of Greater Cincinnati have partnered to offer students the ability to engage with Ohio’s elders, learn about the aging process, and meet a need in their local community.

Officials from the Ohio Department of Aging and the University of Cincinnati say the partnership meets an important – and growing – need for older adults, while also helping students understand the aging process and its impact on society.

“This is about community connections – not just connecting older adults with their destinations, but connecting generations to one another,” said Santa J. Ono, president of the University of Cincinnati. “We have partnered with ITN of Greater Cincinnati to not only provide older Ohioans with transportation options that allow them to stay engaged in their community and age in place, but also give students insight into aging issues and what their elders have to offer.”

ITN and its network of affiliates have created an efficient and financially sustainable solution to the transportation needs of seniors and the visually impaired. Adults who join ITN become dues-paying members of an organization committed to their independence and mobility. Like using one's own automobile, the ITN service is available 24/7 and gives customers the flexibility to schedule their rides in advance or as needed, as well as the option to ride alone or with others, as they please, to destinations of their choice.

Source: Ohio Department of Aging

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