Transportation has been identified as a major barrier for seniors for many reasons including social engagement. The Seniors Connect baseline phone survey, conducted at the beginning of this project, found that 23% of seniors who were socially isolated cited transportation as a main issue. Other barriers included having a disability, mental health, other health issues, and low income.
Following this survey, a community-wide Ideas Exchange Event validated that transportation in Nanaimo, especially for low-income seniors, is real issue. As a result of this event, a “Getting Around” action group formed to examine the issues and challenges, and to identify gaps and recommend solutions. This group, which includes agency staff from senior-serving organizations, and senior volunteers, has reviewed and documented current modes of transportation for seniors in Nanaimo and no surpise – there are many gaps. They have also met with key stakeholders in the process such as the Regional District of Nanaimo, City of Nanaimo, the Provinical Seniors Advocate, and others. Through this process, they have learned and gathered best practices from other areas and around the world. This page was created to share these resources with the community:
“Retiring Your Driver’s Licence” Brochure: This brochure, created by the Action Group, was kindly supported in part by ICBC. The group recommended this brochure be created as there was not a suitable document available with local information. The intention is for this document to be available through the health authority, hospitals, pharmacies, senior-serving organizations, and wherever this information is relevant.
Free copies are available upon request, please contact Seniors Connect for more information, and to request copies.