Older adults who live alone or in rural parts of Santa Clara County face isolation and its detrimental health effects. For those struggling with transportation options, the Sourcewise Transit Service provides free, door-to-door rides for seniors who have difficulty with ambulation, are isolated, and who do not have other available transportation options.

“It’s made a difference in my life. It’s perfect and helpful to me,” shares Mary Elmsry, a Sourcewise Transit Service rider.

The Service enhances transportation access for 11,574 South County residents aged 65+ in need of connections to Senior Centers in Morgan Hill and Gilroy. Sourcewise currently provides transportation for 50 seniors.

“When seniors give up driving, it impacts their mobility and affects their social connectedness,” says Rosie Jimenez, Director of Sourcewise South County.

Since its April launch, the Sourcewise Transit Service has provided 3,560 rides as of Dec. 31, 2017.

Sourcewise is partnering with the Mercury Wishbook who highlights the needs of our community and encourages philanthropy to meet those needs.

Some 90 percent of Silicon Valley’s philanthropic dollars exit the Bay Area, according to “The Giving Code”—a report about Silicon Valley philanthropy released by the Packard Foundation in 2016. Packard Foundation CEO Carol Larson says David Packard‘s and John A. Sobrato’s philosophies were: “If you live here, you give here. If you work here, you give here,” reports Sal Pizarro in The Mercury News on Dec. 4, 2017.

Help Sourcewise raise $20,000 to offset costs of maintaining the vehicles: oil changes, fuel, and major wear replacement.

Support the Sourcewise Transit Service with a contribution of any size by visiting http://wishbook.mercurynews.com/2017/source. Or mail a check to: The Mercury News Wish Book Fund, 4 N. 2nd Street, Suite 800, San Jose, CA 95113.

Lung Cancer Screening

Medicare Part B covers lung cancer screening using low-dose computed tomography (LDCT) if the individual meets all the following criteria:

  • Aged 55 to 77
  • No signs or symptoms of lung cancer
  • Current smoker or quit smoking within the past 15 years
  • Tobacco smoking history averaging one pack per day for 20 years (“20 pack-years”)
  • An order from a doctor or healthcare provider

Take advantage of these preventative services offered by Medicare by asking for them for yourself or your loved one. In this way, older adults can reduce their risk of developing substance abuse disorders or mitigate its effects to maintain healthier lifestyles.

References

  1. National Institute on Drug Abuse. (2020, July). Substance use in older adults drugfacts. Substance Use in Older Adults DrugFacts | National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) (nih.gov)
  2. gov. (n.d.). Preventive & screening services. preventive services (medicare.gov)

 

This project was supported by the Administration for Community Living (ACL), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as part of a financial assistance award totaling $94,686 with 100 percent funding by ACL/HHS. The contents are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the official views of, nor an endorsement, by ACL/HHS, or the U.S. Government.