October is Depression Awareness Month. Risk of depression increases when people experience social isolation, which is especially common among seniors. Social isolation and depression take a toll on physical and mental well-being. rabbittransit plays a critical role in the socialization of the lives of older adults. Transportation provides access to the senior center for a dance class or watercolor painting session, the gym or the hair salon, a friend’s house or a faith-based service. Being able to live fully by traveling safely offers seniors socialization to combat isolation and depression.
Seniors 65 years of age and older (and in some cases younger) are eligible for paratransit, often referred to as “Shared Ride,” in which a bus comes right to your door (co-pays may apply depending on many different factors). For more information about rabbittransit’s services or to sign up for free travel training, visit its website.