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Old 05-29-2015, 01:35 PM
 
Location: Central NY
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Old 05-29-2015, 01:46 PM
 
Location: Los Angeles area
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Senior transportation, typically a mini-van that operates out of the council on aging or senior center. I won't live in a town without one, as bus stops are usually at a distance and buses are not easy to get in and out of or easy to get a seat. Senior transport is door to door, to supermarket, doctors, etc.

Have you found a place that fits this bill?
Newenglandgirl, this post of yours is some six months old - I came across it while looking for something else. I was struck by the strange (to me) concept that "buses are not easy to get in and out of". How so? Last time I took a bus - a couple of years ago - there was absolutely no difficulty getting on or off it, and I don't think there has been any change in buses since then. Can you elaborate?
 
Old 05-29-2015, 03:17 PM
 
Location: Central NY
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Newenglandgirl, this post of yours is some six months old - I came across it while looking for something else. I was struck by the strange (to me) concept that "buses are not easy to get in and out of". How so? Last time I took a bus - a couple of years ago - there was absolutely no difficulty getting on or off it, and I don't think there has been any change in buses since then. Can you elaborate?
I have not ridden a bus in a long time but I wonder if Newenglandgirl could be referring to difficulty of getting on and off a bus for the handicapped?
 
Old 05-29-2015, 03:24 PM
 
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I heard the other day that Amazon is going to enter the grocery business and they will have 2 hour delivery in certain cities (they have test markets now) Once they get this ramped up, we could buy their delivery service (I think it's like $75 a year but well worth it) for unlimited shipping/delivery so if we get disabled or housebound, we could at least get food delivered to us. I also heard they are looking at making deliveries to people's cars. Amazon is taking over the world! I think they will be a big plus to us as we age.
 
Old 05-29-2015, 03:37 PM
 
Location: Los Angeles area
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I have not ridden a bus in a long time but I wonder if Newenglandgirl could be referring to difficulty of getting on and off a bus for the handicapped?
True, Newenglandgirl might have been talking about people with various handicaps, but there was no mention of that in her post. She made it sound like difficulty boarding and exiting buses was some sort of general rule as we age. The statement just struck me as strange.
 
Old 05-29-2015, 04:21 PM
 
Location: State of Waiting
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I understood NEGirl's post... have you every tried riding a bus with bags and standing, holding onto the strap? I have.

Well if you are grocery shopping and you have bags and such, it is difficult to get on and off the bus, IMHO. If the bus is crowded and you have to stand, yikes.
 
Old 05-29-2015, 04:56 PM
 
Location: Central NY
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I understood NEGirl's post... have you every tried riding a bus with bags and standing, holding onto the strap? I have.

Well if you are grocery shopping and you have bags and such, it is difficult to get on and off the bus, IMHO. If the bus is crowded and you have to stand, yikes.
Yikes, had not thought about this. You are so right. And of course in order to "catch the bus" you might have to walk a distance and then after you have shopped and have those bags to carry, walking that distance back to the bus stop. Yes, some improvements are needed!
 
Old 05-29-2015, 05:29 PM
 
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Interesting you brought up getting on and off buses being difficult for some as they age.

I've encountered exactly that. I'm a life long bus rider, but I've given it up because it is, in fact, too difficult getting on and off and sometimes riding.

It is almost always a very rough and tumble experience which requires balance, quickness, flexibility, navigating steps on and off, having to walk further into the bus often because others who do not need them & are young & able-bodied take the handicapped & elderly seats at the front.

Often the bus takes off with a strong jolt before one is able to grab a pole or a higher rod while getting on the bus.
Some buses have plexiglass around the back of the driver, making for no pole to grab.

Sometimes the big jolt happens while depositing one's fare. Getting off is sometimes very perilous as drivers stop in the most difficult places like in front of a bench or tree or sign, etc.

With bad arthritis (worse than the kind many people encounter) it is very rough and tumble. I'll stop there!
 
Old 05-30-2015, 06:26 AM
 
Location: Near a river
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Newenglandgirl, this post of yours is some six months old - I came across it while looking for something else. I was struck by the strange (to me) concept that "buses are not easy to get in and out of". How so? Last time I took a bus - a couple of years ago - there was absolutely no difficulty getting on or off it, and I don't think there has been any change in buses since then. Can you elaborate?
I meant it in a general sense, for seniors. Remember, though we are technically "seniors" right now, we are on the young side of that curve. There are "tiers" to being a senior—55+, 65+, 75+, and 80+. I see many older seniors with canes and walkers, some really overweight, for whom boarding the typical bus, even getting to it, can be nearly impossible. You are not a typical senior, since you indicate no mobility problems. Empathy may be in order here.

I am fortunate that I have not only a bus stop at the end of my street for the public bus, but also a free inter-college campus bus that runs between towns. It is a long walk to the end of my street, however, and doing it year-round with ice and snow and high heat and humidity is not always easy. The public bus drivers are patient and help people on and off. The college buses are typically driven by a youngster who barely stops to pick up passengers and careens forward at breakneck speed. What a ride to the next town.

Many councils on aging operate senior vans. These drivers are trained to help the elder-elderly on and off and they go door to door, for a nominal fee though by appointment. Seems like good planning to choose a town that has this service.
 
Old 05-30-2015, 06:35 AM
 
Location: Around the UK!
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Why not really spread your wings and find a new country? There are so many low cost options around the world. Great weather, friendly and welcoming people and memorable experiences.

The only limits are your imagination and your comfort zone!
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