Senior Ride Nashville, a transportation alternative and assisted ride service for seniors, is expanding its service area to include the Donelson and Hermitage communities in July.
The nonprofit organization pairs volunteer drivers with local seniors to provide them with transportation to appointments, grocery stores, social gatherings or other activities. In anticipation of the official launch next month, Senior Ride Nashville is hosting an information session at FiftyForward Donelson Station on Monday, June 25, at 10 a.m. The event is free and open to community members interested in learning more or becoming drivers or riders.
“More than 30,000 residents in Davidson County are 75 years of age or older, and it can be difficult for them to get around,” said Carrie Brumfield, executive director of Senior Ride Nashville. “Seniors who have lost the ability to drive make 65 percent fewer trips to visit loved ones, and they tend to experience food scarcity because of limited access to grocery stores. Growing our service area to include Donelson and Hermitage will allow these seniors to stay connected to the people and activities that mean the most to them.”
The Donelson and Hermitage launch comes only seven months after the start of operations at Senior Ride Nashville. Over 900 trips have already been made within those seven months, and that number is expected to hit 1,000 within the next two weeks.
Senior Ride Nashville currently serves the West Nashville, Bellevue and Madison communities. As demand and volunteer involvement increase, Senior Ride Nashville plans to expand to additional areas within Davidson County.
About Senior Ride Nashville
Senior Ride Nashville was founded in 2016 by the Council on Aging of Middle Tennessee and the Senior Transportation Leadership Coalition with the mission to connect seniors who no longer drive with volunteers who do. Senior Ride Nashville strives to improve quality of life for older adults in Davidson County by providing connection to mobility options along with courteous and safe door-through-door volunteer transportation for those eligible for service, enabling them to maintain their independence and dignity. Senior Ride Nashville honors and supports senior adults by keeping them connected to the community, providing mobility for maintaining health and quality of life, and creating valuable relationships between drivers and riders. It also serves as an important linkage to other services that senior adults may need. Learn more at seniorridenashville.org.
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