By: Ann Bailey, President, DARTS;
Dawn Simonson, Executive Director, Metropolitan Area Agency on Aging
Earn 1 CEU, pre-approved for Social Workers by BOSW; self-submit other disciplines.
MGS is listed as a Continuing Education Resource by the MN Board of Nursing.
(The CEU is free for MGS members; $15 for non-members.)
Transportation is consistently ranked among the most important issues facing older adults and an aging society. Lack of mobility has a detrimental impact on physical, mental, and social health. In this webinar, you will learn about innovative approaches and lessons learned from years of providing both individual and group rides. In addition, you will learn about the results of a recent survey that illuminates the crucial role volunteer drivers play in helping older adults get to medical appointments, have groceries delivered, keep social connections, and more.
- Understand the impact lack of mobility has on health and well-being.
- Gain insights and lessons from DARTS’ work providing transportation options for older adults and others with mobility issues including their experience with circulator routes, which are being replicated in other parts of the metro.
- Learn about the valuable contribution volunteer drivers make toward keeping people active, healthy and connected.
Ann Bailey (left), President, DARTS; Dawn Simonson (right), Executive Director, Metropolitan Area Agency on Aging
Ann Bailey is the President of DARTS, a nonprofit helping older adults and their caregivers who live in and around Dakota County. DARTS mission is creating connections that enrich aging. Their programs include service navigation, chores to help people remain in the home of their choice, transportation, caregiver supports and volunteer opportunities for older adults. Ann was an executive with Target in Technology Services and joined DARTS in 2015.
Dawn Simonson is the Executive Director of Metropolitan Area Agency on Aging, Inc. The Area Agency on Aging provides Senior LinkAge Line® services, funds and supports community organizations, and engages partners in advocacy initiatives to help older adults live healthy and secure lives at home. Dawn has more than 25 years’ experience in aging and healthcare and is recognized for her leadership as an innovator and collaborator
- DeGood, Kevin, (2011). Aging in Place, Stuck without Options: Fixing the Mobility Crisis Threatening the Baby Boom Generation. Transportation for America. https://t4america.org/docs/SeniorsMobilityCrisis.pdf
- Kerschner H, Silverstein, NM (2017). Senior Transportation: Importance to Healthy Aging. J Gerontol Geriatr Res 6: 381. doi:10.4172/2167-7182.1000381 https://www.longdom.org/open-access/senior-transportation-importance-to-healthy-aging-2167-7182-1000381.pdf
- Choi, Namkee G., PhD, and DiNitto, Diana M., PhD. Depressive Symptoms Among Older Adults Who Do Not Drive: Association With Mobility Resources and Perceived Transportation Barriers.The Gerontologist, Volume 56, Issue 3, June 2016, Pages 432–443, https://academic.oup.com/gerontologist/article/56/3/432/2605644