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NCST announces Ladders of Opportunity: Connecting Seniors to Public Transportation Grant Recipients!

 

NCST 2015 Ladders of Opportunity Grant: Read more about the awarded communities, their project partners, target populations, and elements of NCST’s 5 grant projects that are working to increase access and usage of public transportation by older adults


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The National Center on Senior Transportation (NCST) strives to increase transportation options for older adults to support their ability to live independently in their homes and communities throughout the United States.


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2015 NCST Senior Mobility Fair Call for Posters

We invite proposals for poster presentations to be displayed at the Senior Mobility Fair at n4a’s 40th Annual Conference and Tradeshow in Philadelphia, PA, July 11 – 15, 2015. The Senior Mobility Fair will showcase the latest trends in senior transportation, bring together successful programs with those who are in the development stage, and offer practical solutions to challenges your community may have faced.

Falls Prevention and Transportation Webinar: Recording and Slides now available!

On May 6, 2015 NCST hosted a webinar on the importance of falls prevention awareness in transportation. The webinar included presentations by an occupational therapist, falls prevention expert and local transportation providers around the risks of falling within public transportation vehicles. The presenters also discussed strategies on how older passengers can use public transportation independently, safely, and without fears.

Ladders of Opportunity: Connecting Seniors to Public Transportation

As stated by FTA Acting Administrator, Therese McMillan “Increased access to public transportation will provide seniors and their families opportunities to have a better quality of life.”

With funding provided by the Federal Transit Administration, NCST has awarded Ladders of Opportunity grants to communities in five states—Maine, Ohio, Texas, Virginia and Wisconsin—to develop and test interventions for increasing older adults’ access and usage of public transportation and mobility options to support their successful aging in place. Each grantee will partner with a nationally recognized aging-in-place initiative. These five projects offer tremendous opportunities for learning and innovation that will be of benefit to the field.

"We believe these projects will forge stronger local relationships between public transportation and aging programs. These partnerships will help to support older adults' ability to age in place in their homes and communities for as long as possible!" said n4a CEO Sandy Markwood.

“Safe, reliable transportation is critical to healthy, independent community living for all residents. The partnerships forged through these Ladders of Opportunity grants will develop new strategies on how communities can help their older residents access such transportation.”   Randy Rutta, President & Chief Executive Officer Easter Seals

 

Press Release

Ladders of Opportunity Grants


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Best Practices

SMiles, Blount County Community Action Agency, Blount County, Tenn.

The SMiles Program is a senior friendly volunteer transportation program that provides door-through-door transportation in Blount County, Tennessee, a rural community with limited low-cost transportation options.

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Join your colleagues in the STE to discuss the challenges and solutions in providing Non-Emergency Medical Transportation.

Non-Emergency Medical Transportation (NEMT) is a mandatory benefit in the Medicaid Program, providing a valuable service to countless Medicaid beneficiaries around the country. However, eligibility for NEMT may be limited to certain populations (the “categorically needy”) at the state’s discretion. 

There may also be limits on the number of trips that can be paid for each month or prior approval may be required for some medical trips. One challenge communities have struggled with is the coordination of NEMT rides with transit and other human services transportation services. Join your colleagues in the STE to discuss the challenges and solutions in NEMT.


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