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Needs of seniors driving survey on transportation

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ROCHELLE B. BIRKELO
February 10, 2011
— Attention those 55 and older, adults with disabilities or their caregivers: The Department of Transportation wants to know about your transportation needs.

What type of transportation do you use most often?


How satisfied are you with the transportation you use most often?


How often do you use public or specialized transportation services?


During which times of the week do you encounter difficulties getting to places?


Such questions are among 33 in a 12-page survey about the habits and needs of older and disabled adults in Wisconsin.


Those 55 and older, their caregivers or those who provide transportation for the elderly are encouraged to take the survey, said Joyce Lubben, director of the Rock County Council on Aging.


"We want to get a good cross section of people in the state to take the survey to get a really good picture of what transportation needs are for older people so we can anticipate needs and plan for the future," she said.


The council on aging has been promoting the survey by dropping off paper surveys at senior centers, dining centers and senior housing complexes, Lubben said.


Survey results will be available through the state Department of Transportation later this summer, Lubben said.


The statewide transportation coordinating committee will use the data to plan transportation options for the elderly, she said.


TAKE THE SURVEY
Participation in the Wisconsin Transportation Services Survey for Older Residents is voluntary, anonymous and confidential. It requires about 15 minutes online at www.co.rock.wi.us. A paper copy can be requested from the Rock County Council on Aging at (608) 757-5472.
TO HELP

Joyce Lubben, director of the Rock County Council on Aging, is looking for 12 to 15 Janesville-area residents to attend a one-time focus group meeting on future transportation needs. The meeting is 10 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 23.


Applicants may be older adults with current transportation needs or their caregivers.


To help, call Lubben at (608) 757-5416.



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