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New AgeWell Rides Service Helps Keep Seniors on the Go!

Older adults have a new option for getting around in Pittsburgh. AgeWell Rides, a volunteer transportation service offered by AgeWell Pittsburgh through Jewish Family & Children's Service (JF&CS), in collaboration with Repair the World: Pittsburgh and the United Way of Allegheny County's Open Your Heart to a Senior initiative, matches local volunteer drivers with seniors who do not drive and need reliable transportation to go to medical appointments, grocery shopping or socialize in the community—through a simple phone call.

"At JF&CS, we recognized the need in our community to provide reliable transportation options for Pittsburgh's seniors and came up with a solution," said Jordan Golin, Chief Operating Officer and director of clinical and elder care services at JF&CS. "Without reliable transportation, simple errands and activities can become major challenges to an older adult who wishes to remain active and independent. AgeWell Rides is a much-needed service that helps older adults stay as active and independent as possible, enriches the lives of volunteers and gives family members and loved ones peace of mind."

AgeWell Rides is available to seniors 60 years of age and older, who are without readily available transportation, relatively mobile and able to make and keep track of appointments. Rides can be used for anything that helps older adults remain active and independent. AgeWell Rides is a free service, but donations are accepted.

AgeWell Rides is also recruiting volunteer drivers who are looking for an easy and rewarding way to make a difference in a senior's life and provides volunteer training, flexible schedules, secondary insurance for drivers and more.

Additionally, AgeWell Pittsburgh, a collaboration of JF&CS, the Jewish Community Center and Jewish Association on Aging provides information and referral on issues related to aging and operates a network of services to help older adults remain healthy and independent without regard to race, color, religion, ancestry, national origin, place of birth, sex, sexual orientation, familial status, age, handicap or disability.

For more information about AgeWell Rides, visit bit.ly/agewellrides. To learn more about becoming a volunteer or rider, call (412) 422-0400 or email agewellrides@jfcspgh.org. Information about additional services and resources for older adults and their loved ones is available through AgeWell Pittsburgh at 1-877-243-1530 (toll-free) or (412) 422-0400.

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