Our Transportation Program: Don’t Keep It A Secret

The BA Senior Center provides an environment for older adults to stay physically active and socially engaged.

For seniors, maintaining their independence is crucial for healthy and active aging. The Center also helps older adults avoid the loneliest number – One.

Social isolation is a big problem for seniors who don’t drive. Having access to affordable transportation keeps older adults connected with family, friends and their community and has many other life-prolonging benefits.

More than 40% of seniors regularly experience loneliness, according to a University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) study. The loneliness epidemic in older adults is serious, and the statistics are compelling:

  • Nearly 30% of adults over the age of 65 live alone.
  • 45% of older adults are divorced, separated or widowed.
  • 42% of older adults have some form of disability.
  • Loneliness increases the likelihood of mortality by 26%.
  • Lacking social engagement is as damaging to your health as smoking 15 cigarettes a day.
  • 4 Isolated individuals have a 64% better chance of developing clinical dementia.

Don’t Keep it a Secret

The BA Senior Center has a transportation program to help older adults get to and from the Center daily. If needed, our bus has a lift to accommodate wheelchairs and other mobility devices.

Every morning, we pick up older adults in our defined service area and take them to the Center. While at the Center, members can participate in more than 50 activities a week (bingo, pool, crafts, dominoes, bunco, guitar, quilting, Zumba, tai chi, yoga and others). Participants can have a hot lunch, visit with friends, participate in health screenings and attend our monthly health and wellness lectures provided by Hillcrest South.

In the afternoon, our members are safely transported back to their homes after a full day of enjoyment.

Older adults without transportation need assistance with other personal errands that are essential for healthy and active aging, so this summer we are adding scheduled trips to the grocery store and pharmacy.

If you know of a relative, loved one, neighbor, friend or co-worker who could benefit from attending the BA Center and/or riding our bus, please ask them to contact us. We have the capacity to impact the lives of dozens of older adults every day who do not have transportation but want to be active members at the Center.

Please help us help as many older adults as possible to break free of the bonds of loneliness and isolation. Give us a call today at 918-259-8377.