How easily can older adults and residents with disabilities get around in Sonoma County? How often do they forgo important trips because they lack transportation? What are the local transportation challenges, successes and gaps in services?
Older adults age 60+ and residents with disabilities are invited to discuss these questions and share their experiences at upcoming meetings hosted by the Sonoma County Area Agency on Aging (AAA)
• Wednesday, February 19, 2:30-4:30 p.m., Petaluma People Services Senior Café, 211 Novak Drive, Petaluma
• Friday, February 21, 10 a.m.-noon, Vintage House Senior Center, 264 First Street East, Sonoma
• Wednesday, March 25, 1:30-3:30 p.m., Rohnert Park Senior Center, 6800 Hunter Drive, Rohnert Park
• Thursday, March 26, 10 a.m.-noon, RRA/West County Senior Resource Center, 15010 Armstrong Woods Road, Guerneville
The community’s input will become part of the Sonoma County Connected Communities Transportation Study. To register, call (707) 565-5903 or email firstname.lastname@example.org . For future discussion group dates, visit the Sonoma County Area Agency on Aging website.
“In the 2016-2020 AAA Community Report, 57% of Sonoma County older adults and persons with disabilities stated they are concerned about access to local transportation,” says County of Sonoma Adult and Aging Division Director Paul Dunaway. “It’s vital to get input from older adults and people with disabilities to plan a transportation system that makes it easier to get to health appointments, the grocery store and community events. Better transportation systems also allow better access to job options and financial opportunities for all residents.”
From January-March 2020, the AAA will host several discussion groups throughout the County under a grant from the state Department of Transportation, Caltrans, to study how well local transportation systems serve older adults age 60+ and residents with disabilities.
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The Board of Supervisors appoints 10 community members and the standing Advisory Council elects 11 others to represent the county's geographic areas and special population groups on the AAA Advisory Council. Learn how you can get involved in the Area Agency on Aging Advisory Council's work. View meeting agendas and minutes, a calendar and more, call us at (707) 565-5950 or send us a message on the Contact Us page.
To help define the needs of older and disabled adults and their caregivers, the Area Agency on Aging publishes an Area Plan and Community Report every four years. Concerns described in the 2016-20 plan: The Art of Aging (PDF: 5 MB). include: ease of access to community and government services, local transportation, affordable housing and health care, and support for caregivers, prevention of elder neglect and abuse and services for special populations, such as LGBTQI seniors.