Harvard Health Letter

Protecting your independence and health with transportation options

Driving cessation and a lack of transportation puts people at risk for chronic disease, malnutrition, isolation, loneliness, and depression. But there are transportation alternatives, such as government-sponsored affordable rides; volunteer driving services; private-duty care drivers; shuttles from retirement facilities; and nonprofit groups that to provide rides for older adults and people with disabilities. Experts advise older adults to consider transportation alternatives well before they stop driving, especially if they have a chronic condition that will make it difficult to drive in the future. 
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