A Moving Collaboration: Asa and Ncst Take on Transportation Issues

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Transportation plays a vital part in every human life, but most especially in the lives of older adults. The availability of accessible transportation for elders and their caregivers - is a critical bridge to their high quality of life and independence. Tfie American Society on Aging (ASA) and the National Center on Senior Transportation (NCST) are committed to addressing the issue of transportation for elders, and are working to cultivate leadership that will establish and improve transportation delivery to our nation's aging population. In a collaborative move, ASA and NCST designed a full-day conference, "Senior Transportation: Putting the Pieces Together," which was held on March 17 during the 2009 ASA-NCOA Aging in America Conference in Las Vegas.

Formed through a partnership between Easter Seals Inc. and the National Association of Area Agencies on Aging, NCST's mission is to provide technical assistance, training and resources to increase transportation options. The daylong conference embodied this commitment and covered a diverse constellation of knowledge, services and issues, including older driver research, transportation options for residents in rural areas, technology-related initiatives and volunteerism.

A TEAM APPROACH

Communities need leaders who will work together to address and solve local transportation issues such as funding, service gaps and service coordination. …