Whether seeking a ride to a physician's office or to the nutrition center, or looking for information on driver safety, older New Yorkers need to know where they can seek assistance in meeting their transportation needs.
Transportation to Appointments -
Some local offices for the aging and senior centers offer transportation to doctor appointments, nutrition sites, shopping or other vital destinations. Contact your local office for the aging or senior center to find out what may be available in your locality.
Transportation Discounts -
Many public transportation systems offer discounts for older New Yorkers. New York City, for example, has reduced fares for subway and buses. Residents 65 and older must show their Medicare card or other proof of age to obtain a Reduced Fare Metro Card. For information, contact the New York City Department for the Aging at 311. To determine if you can get discounts, contact your local office for the aging or local transportation system. Anyone planning extensive travel should check with their travel agent or the carrier to see if they offer discounts for older New Yorkers.
Older Driver Family Assistance Project -
The Older Driver Family Assistance Project handbook "When You Are Concerned" is available for families and caregivers concerned about an older family member who may no longer drive safely. The handbook provides information on where families can turn for assistance and provides strategies to help them deal with the aging driver. The publication is available on the web at: Older Drivers.
Personal Identification Card -
For older New Yorkers who do not drive, or have never driven, a non-driver photo identification card may be purchased from the Department of Motor Vehicles. Some local offices for the aging may also provide identification cards. Call your local office for the aging to ask if they have such a program.