A Speech on “We Need Free Bus Rides for Seniors.”

Today most of the older Americans are living in communities where travel by car is their only transportation option. For those who do not drive, there are few transportation alternatives, and very few among them are safe. Most seniors depend on family and friends for rides, but may often feel guilty asking for a sudden trip, such as to the library, a restaurant or a movie.

Public transportation rarely exists in America’s suburban and rural areas, where older people live, and there is no hope that the situation will improve soon. In fact, in a recent study by Transportation for America it was found that by 2015, more than 15.5 million Americans 65 and older will live in areas where public transportation is poor or nonexistent. 

On a given day, more than half of the people who do not drive stay home. And even when they leave their homes, due to poor public transportation, their time out is restricted. Now, when compared to similar-age drivers, 15% of those who don’t drive make fewer doctor visits, 59% make fewer shopping or eating out trips, and 65% make fewer trips to visit friends and family. 

Older people who don’t travel outside their homes suffer from a high risk of social isolation. This can even have serious health consequences. It will have a direct impact on the mental health of the seniors.

A range of services, including fixed routes, specialized transport, flexible routes and service routes, should be included in public transportation. Important approaches are also volunteer driver programs, taxi coupons and other creative technologies tailored to public needs. 

Mobility is a key factor to us as humans. We want to move around, reach different parts of the city and enjoy our independence. Similarly, as people age they become limited in this regard, because they stop driving and have to live from the retirement pension. Scientists have found that those elderly people who have concessionary bus passes are much happier than the ones who need to depend on others to travel.

Free bus passes for elderly improve their wellbeing and mental health.

Free bus travel or free public transportation for elderly is implemented in various countries. It is a way for older people to maintain their independence and mobility like the young people.

Researchers believe that concessionary bus passes allow older people to maintain their active lifestyle, to see new places and do new things. Free bus travel also helps in maintaining social relations, which is extremely beneficial in terms of mental as well as physical health. 

The free bus passes surely cost taxpayers some money. But older people have already earned them. And we’re going to be old as well. Improving the mental and overall health of older people will help create a happier society.

Bus travel is a vital issue for older people for many reasons. Many rely on it for everyday trips to the shops and to visit friends and relatives. Most important is that for many, bus is the only means of transport to get to a hospital appointment.

Free transport plays a vital role in preventing the problem of loneliness and isolation and in promoting mental and physical health and wellbeing. 

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