Wednesday, June 15, 2016

County Executive Summit on Aging Report Now Available

In December 2015, County Executive Ike Leggett held a second Summit on Aging to review the accomplishments and progress made on policies and programs since the first event was held in 2008.  A goal of the summits is to focus on efforts that allow seniors of all socioeconomic, ethnic, and diverse backgrounds to live and thrive in the County.

Work sessions at the Summit focused on topics of interest to seniors, including one on Transportation and Mobility attended by MCDOT Director Al Roshdieh and senior staff. At that session, participants identified key challenges, solutions, partnerships and priorities.

The transportation priorities identified were:

  • Educate the public;
  • Ensure a safe travel environment for seniors;
  • Expand affordable options;
  • Increase availability of accessible transportation;
  • Consider safety of older drivers and those transitioning from driving; and
  • Increase ride-sharing and other volunteer programs.

The Summit brought together more than 400 stakeholders from government, business, nonprofit,
advocacy, faith-based and healthcare organizations as well as County seniors. During the morning
session, attendees heard from the County Executive and co-chairs of the Subcabinet on Senior Vital Living.

See the full report online. The Transportation and Mobility section begins on page 39.