At some point, most seniors will either realize they can no longer drive, or they will lose their driver’s license and no longer be able to drive.  Having to depend on others for transportation can be difficult for some seniors to accept.  Others may sink into misery and become hermits in their own homes, not wanting to inconvenience others or admit their dependence.  But losing one’s ability to drive should not mean the end of social contact and active participation in the world around us.  Although it may require rethinking transportation, there are many options to remain engaged in the activities one loves.

Remaining socially connected is important for seniors.  It can prevent depression and promote mental well-being, which in turn can affect physical health.  It also simply improves overall quality of life.  Luckily, there are many transportation options to keep seniors socially engaged that will work for most seniors if they are willing to put in a little effort.

Public transportation can be a great option.  For seniors who are still mobile, taking regular public transportation offers many options in most major cities and many cities offer discounts or even free transportation to seniors. Many cities’ public transportation systems also have transportation services specifically for seniors or those with disabilities that is destination specific.  Seniors or family members would do well to investigate public transportation options available in their area.  If seniors have not previously used public transportation they may appreciate going with a family member or friend initially to help them become familiar with the procedures or route.

Family members and friends would also do well to encourage their loved ones to ask for and accept rides from neighbors, friends and people who participate in the activities they enjoy. Not only does this provide the senior with transportation, but it also gives them an opportunity have additional social interaction. A senior may even be surprised to find that the young mother from church actually enjoys driving him or her to church services and values the opportunity to talk to and learn from the senior’s experience and perspective.

Staying involved in daily activities like shopping for groceries, going to doctor’s appointments, participating in worship services, and attending social functions is important to keeping a senior healthy and engaged.  There are many ways for seniors to deal with transportation issues after they stop driving, and finding a solution that works for the senior can be the key to their mental and physical wellbeing in their post-driving yeras.

Reliant Home Health serves the following cities of Texas with home health care:

Addison, Aledo, Allen, Anna, Argyle, Arlington, Aubrey, Azle, Bailey, Balch Springs, Bedford, Bells, Blue Ridge, Bonham, Burleson, Caddo Mills, Campbell, Carrollton, Cedar Hill, Celeste, Celina, Colleyville, Collinsville, Commerce, Copeville, Coppell, Crowley, Dallas, Decatur, Denison, Denton, Desoto, Dodd City, Duncanville, Ector, Era, Euless, Farmersville, Ferris, Flower Mound, Forestburg, Fort Worth, Frisco, Gainesville, Garland, Gober, Gordonville, Grand Prairie, Grapevine, Greenville, Gunter, Haltom City, Haslet, Honey Grove, Howe, Hurst, Hutchins, Irving, Ivanhoe, Josephine, Justin, Keller, Kennedale, Klondike, Krum, Ladonia, Lake Dallas, Lancaster, Lavon, Leonard, Lewisville, Lindsay, Little Elm, Lone Oak, Mansfield, Mckinney, Melissa, Merit, Mesquite, Muenster, Myra, Naval Air Station, Nevada, Newark, North Richland Hills, Pecan Gap, Pilot Point, Plano, Ponder, Pottsboro, Princeton, Prosper, Quinlan, Randolph, Ravenna, Red Oak, Rhome, Richardson, Roanoke, Rosston, Rowlett, Royse City, Sachse, Sadler, Saint Jo, Sanger, Savoy, Seagoville, Sherman, Southlake, Southmayd, Sunnyvale, Telephone, Terrell, The Colony, Tioga, Tom Bean, Trenton, Valley View, Van Alstyne, Westminster, Weston, Whitesboro, Whitewright, Wills Point, Wilmer, Windom, Wolfe City, & Wylie, Texas