Travel Training and Aging Service Providers: Three Example

If you are interested in learning how agencies are supporting older adults in learning to use fixed-route public transit services such as the bus, please join MassMobility at an upcoming event at Greater Lynn Senior Services from 10:00am to noon on September 24th.

Attendees will hear from aging services providers that have incorporated travel instruction into their offerings. Travel instruction is the professional activity of helping older adults or people with disabilities learn the information and skills they need to ride fixed-route public transit independently and safely.

  • Sylvia Colovos of GLSS will share how she integrates falls prevention exercises into her travel training program to promote balance and safety for older travelers (perfect timing, as Falls Prevention Day is Sept 23)
  • Monique Carvalho and Tyissha Jones-Horner will discuss Bus Buddies, a peer-based initiative of Boston’s Age Strong Commission
  • Maria Foster will discuss the Brookline Council on Aging’s TRIPPS model, a peer-centered approach including fixed route along with other modes

Directions

  • By public transit – GLSS’s offices are located in downtown Lynn, 3 blocks from the Lynn commuter rail stop and close to several bus lines.
  • If you plan to drive, there is a municipal parking lot across the street at the corner of Silsbee and Ellis Streets. The parking lot costs $1 per hour, with a maximum daily amount of $5. Payments can be made at the Parking Kiosk located at the entrance of the parking lot – right next to the parking booth. The Kiosk takes credit cards or bills, but no coins. There is sometimes on-street parking – albeit limited – in the area around the GLSS offices. Please be aware of designated time restrictions so as to avoid being ticketed.
  • When you arrive, you will sign in and receive a visitor badge. Staff will escort groups of attendees to the meeting room.

RSVP

Please email rachel.fichtenbaum@state.ma.us to let us know if you will be attending so we can get a sense of how many people are planning to come.

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