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MIT AgeLab vehicleThe bright folks at the MIT AgeLab invite you to participate in a new survey on your preferences and opinions regarding automated driving technology. The survey will take less than ten minutes and is an important part of a larger study focused on understanding the impact of emerging safety technologies on driver performance, attention, distraction, and safety. AgeLab would appreciate your assistance in helping their researchers explore these topics. ...continue reading "Share your thoughts on self-driving cars with the MIT AgeLab"

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couplecycling2Cyclists ages 60+ are invited to join "Team TRIPPS" for car-free fun at the The annual Brookline Bike Parade on Sunday, May 22nd. The 5-mile course begins and ends at Amory Park and runs in a loop, up and down Beacon Street for the 2.5 miles between Cleveland Circle and St Mary's. ...continue reading "Join “Team TRIPPS” at the Brookline Bike Parade!"

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This spring at the Brookline Senior Center, TRIPPS is hosting a two-part panel discussion on the long process of "driving retirement." ...continue reading "What’s Your Plan for Driving Retirement?"

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Snowy road"Driving retirement” is similar to retirement from work or any other life transition. Change is always hard, and each change brings with it its own set of not only challenges, but also rewards. ...continue reading "What is “Driving Retirement”?"

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AAA Key Timing LogoAre you concerned about the safety of a loved one's driving? Perhaps you are you having a hard time starting or having a serious conversation with your loved one about your concerns?

AAA Northeast now offers a free online tool that might help you. ...continue reading "Having “The Conversation” about driving safety: a free online resource"

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TRIPPS Newsletter - Choices & Voices

What is “driving retirement”?

TRIPPS Wheel IconFor some, driving retirement is anticipated and prepared for, much like retirement from work. For others, it is an unexpected and highly distressing occasion.
A recent study found that we tend to outlive our ability to drive by 7 - 10 years. If driving is your only way of getting around, then you may find yourself isolated and dependent on friends and family if driving ever becomes difficult.

You might think of preparing for driving retirement as similar to putting together a handy toolbox of non-driving options. These tools can be used at any time, even in conjunction with your own driving. You might use non-driving options as backup plans, or as ways of getting to places where you’d rather not drive because of weather, darkness, difficulty parking, convenience, or cost.

Learn more at our two panel discussions on driving retirement, at 6pm on May 17th and June 16th at the Brookline Senior Center!

Three cheers for our volunteers!

Man with BusDo you already get around without driving? Or maybe you just have great research or teaching skills? You might be an ideal volunteer.

Our Transit Advisors are experts on one (or more!) modes of transportation and are trained to give seniors personal support as they navigate the transition from driver to passenger. Our research specialists dig into the details of various options and document them for the resource guide. And our outreach volunteers help spread the word about TRIPPS through media and live events.

If you might like to join our team, we would love to hear from you! Please call 617-730-2644 or email volunteer@trippsmass.org today.

TRIPPS program update

Kerri Ann Tester, LCSW, TRIPPS Program DirectorFrom Kerri Ann Tester, LCSW, TRIPPS Program Director

The TRIPPS program is off to a great start! We’ve recruited about a dozen volunteers and held our first orientation in February. In the meantime, calls are already coming in from people asking for information and advice about transportation. Clearly, we’re meeting a need in our community.

Our focus this spring is still on recruiting and training volunteers. However, we are also researching options and documenting our findings from a senior perspective.
I’d love to see you in person at one of our outreach events. Look for us on BIG TV on April 14th and at the Putterham library on April 8th. Our website (trippsmass.org) is up and running. There, you can find a calendar of events and click any event for details. If you don’t have access to the Web, please call the TRIPPS line and leave a message. I’ll call you back as soon as possible.

I look forward to meeting you!
- Kerri Ann

About the TRIPPS program

TRIPPS offers support for Newton and Brookline residents aged 60+ looking for alternatives to driving due to either necessity or choice. We produce a comprehensive resource guide to local transportation options in Greater Boston. We also offer individual, personalized support to residents of Brookline and Newton aged 60+. Please get in touch if you or someone you know needs information or advice.

Interested in volunteering? Come join our team! We’re always looking for enthusiastic people to support our seniors, research transportation options, and educate the public about car-free choices.


TRIPPS OF BROOKLINE & NEWTON
93 Winchester Street
Brookline, MA 02446
TRIPPS line: (617) 730-2644
E-Mail: info@trippsmass.org
We’re on the Web! TRIPPSMass.org
Find us on Twitter: @TRIPPSMass

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