Mobility is an important element of independence and quality of life. Without any way to get around, many seniors become socially isolated and depressed.
One's mobility is, to a large degree, tied to the ability to drive an automobile. A car allows us greater freedom to choose where to live, work, travel and recreate.
As people age, their ability to safely drive an automobile may be compromised by a variety of functional impairments and loss of mobility strongly correlates to a decline in socialization and an increase in physical problems.
The WISE & Healthy Aging Transportation and Mobility Program, provides alternative transportation resource information, mobility education, and hosts AARP Driver Safety classes.
In collaboration with the City of Santa Monica's Big Blue Bus, the WISE & Healthy Aging / Santa Monica Dial-A-Ride program offers transportation options. Low cost, shared-ride curb-to curb van transportation is available for Santa Monica residents who are at least 60 years of age and persons with disabilities who are 18 years of age or older. All vans are lift-equipped and are driven by specially licensed and trained drivers.
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Recognizing that not all seniors have the same needs, the WISE & Healthy Aging Transportation Program offers a variety of services:
WISE & Healthy Aging's "Dial-a-Ride" Program
Upcoming Mobility Classes: Transportation, Pedestrian Safety, and Senior ID --
Wednesday, April 19, 2017
Wednesday, May 17, 2017
Wednesday, June 14, 2017
AARP Smart Driver Courses
(certification allows for discount on auto insurance) -- Helping older drivers improve skills, avoid accidents and traffic violations
April 4 & 6, 2017 Eight-hour Class (over two days at 4 hours per day) for NEW or renewing certificate
May 9, 2017 Four-hour Class REFRESHER (renew certificate only)
June 6 & 8, 2017 Eight-hour Class (over two days at 4 hours per day) for NEW or renewing certificate
Either session costs $15 (for AARP members), $20 (non-AARP members).