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Good News about Preventing Falls from ElderImpact

Marie Villeza (elderimpact@gmail.com) sent a message using the contact form at http://westfairrides.org/contact.

For many seniors, the fear of falling is a constant source of stress.

Unfortunately, this anxiety isn’t unfounded. In fact, one in three seniors over the age of 65 falls each year (1). These accidents can result in fractured bones, broken skin, and even traumatic head injuries.

The good news is that there are many things seniors and their caregivers can do to prevent tragedy. Our mission at ElderImpact is to help ease some of the stress seniors face so they can enjoy every

February 2015 Volunteer Recognition Tea

February 2015 volunteer driver honorees, left to right, Arleen Zuckerman (New Rochelle), Pam Kelly (Scarsdale), Alan  Dindas (New Rochelle), Lynn McCarthy (Scarsdale), and Ellie Rodriguez (White Plains).

Taken at Burke Rehabilitation Institute, White Plains.

January 2014 Volunteer Recognition Tea

News from WestFair Rides
Information: Friedhilde Milburn
 
 
PAM KELLY RECEIVES TOP DRIVER AWARD FROM WESTFAIR RIDES
 
RYE - - WestFair Rides has awarded its top driver citation to Pam Kelly of Scarsdale, one of its most experienced and dedicated volunteer drivers. Ms. Kelly shared the spotlight with Trudy Albrecht of Scarsdale who received an Ambassador award for her dedicated volunteer driving service.
 
WestFair Rides Chair, Friedhilde Milburn, made the announcements during a reception to recognize and honor all WestFair Rides volunteer

Resources for Older Drivers

The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety has a variety of resources for senior drivers - some of which are free for AAA members. They provide access to the RoadWise Review (a self-assessment of driving skills for older drivers) and a senior driving website devoted to educating senior drivers.  AAA has an interactive tool called RoadWise Rx that allows users to see if their medications may interfere with the task of driving.

 

The Alzheimer's Association has information posted on their website for both health professionals and caregivers including research on when to recommend driving cessation,

An Important Announcement

Beginning October, 2013, thanks to new federal grant funding, WFR has begun to work in the northeast corner towns of Westchester with town recreation departments, medical providers and other volunteer organizations to ensure that older adults are able to keep their medical appointments.  WFR will also work to facilitate the sharing of vans by home health agencies to transport home health aides from the Bronx into the northeast corner towns where there is no public transportation.
 
Towns in the northeast region inlcude Bedford, Lewisboro, North Castle, North Salem, and Pound Ridge.
 

What We Do

WestFair Rides is a new transportation alternative for older adults (aged 60+) and adults with vision disabilities in Westchester County, NY.
 
Sound Shore Region
 
Beginning in 2012, WestFair Rides has been providing the following services in the Sound Shore communities of southeast Westchester:
 
  • Information and referral to ride options including municipal, county, Paratransit, and other ride providers
  • Rides to medical appointments provided by volunteer drivers
Included in the Sound Shore region are the communities of Pelham, New Rochelle, Rye/Port Chester/Rye Brook, Harrison/Purchase,