"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”?"
Are 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"
What is “driving retirement”?
For 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!
Do 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.
TRIPPS program update
From 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 Program Director Kerri Ann Tester, LCSW will join seniors at the Putterham branch of the Brookline Public Library on Friday, April 8th at 10:30 a.m. Come meet the program director, share your own stories about getting around without a car, and get answers to your questions about transportation options for seniors.
If you're a Massachusetts resident aged 65 or older, you're eligible for a reduced fare MBTA Charlie Card. ...continue reading "How to Get an MBTA Reduced Fare Senior Charlie Card"
About a year ago, AAA came out with a study on the total cost of owning and operating a car. They found that the average driver in America would spend $8,698 over the course of a year, or $725 per month. ...continue reading "“Why Not To Drive,” Reason #1: Money"
Passionate about transportation and helping others? The TRIPPS program is actively seeking volunteers to join our energetic and stimulating team.
...continue reading "Calling all volunteers!"
Over the coming months, we'll be examining some of the most important reasons you might want to cut back on driving or even choose to avoid driving entirely. ...continue reading "Why Not to Drive: Our Top 10 Reasons"