Key Issue: Transportation
The U.S, and specifically Los Angeles, are deeply influenced by car and automobile culture which dictates the way we get around the city to events, friends, or appointments. However, driving safely becomes more challenging as we grow older because of late life transitions that may increase risk for chronic conditions, diseases, and disability. The loss of the ability to drive significantly impacts our sense of freedom, autonomy, and independence in our lives; and can potentially exacerbate mental and physical health conditions.
“ In fact, over half of all nondrivers stay at home on any given day because they don’t have transportation. And 60 percent of seniors report that there is no public transportation within a 10-minute walk from their home. Many live in areas without sidewalks, especially those who live in suburbs and rural areas. They are more likely to be injured by a vehicle when walking than younger people are. This is a problem that goes well beyond just not being able to get around. By sitting at home, often alone, we risk becoming isolated and sedentary, which can have devastating effects on our physical and emotional health. I’m not just talking about inconvenience — that’s bad enough. I’m talking about the loss of belonging and the feeling of being marginalized, both leading to physical and mental deterioration.”
-Joan Jenkins, CEO, AARP
An excerpt from Disrupt Aging: A Bold New Path to Living Your Best Life at Ever Age.
For these reasons, Westside Pacific Villages takes pride in providing WPV RIDES, its transportation service, funded in part by the Federal Transit Administration through LA Metro, which allows WPV members to ride together in a designated van to common destinations on the Westside; or be driven by WPV’s pre-screened volunteers from the local area.