Group needs more volunteers to drive seniors

Group needs volunteers to drive seniors

AUSTIN - Austin is becoming a hub for seniors, and some of those need help getting around.

“In Central Texas, we have one of the fastest-growing populations over 65 in the country,” said Mary Sue Clyne, board chair at the Drive a Senior network.

Clyne told KVUE the network provided nearly 30,000 rides in 2015, and more than 27,000 rides between January and September 2016.

“I was raised in a family where we were told we were supposed to give back. And I think it means giving money. And I think it also means giving time,” said Susan Degraffenried, who has been a volunteer since 1997.

Ilene Cossey has used the service since 2013, shortly after her husband suffered a stroke. Twice per week, a volunteer takes her to visit her husband at his care facility.

“It helps both of us that we get to be together for those hours,” said Cossey.

On average, the group needs three volunteers for each client. Drive a Senior is working to build up its volunteer base to accommodate the growing baby boomer population in the Austin area. GO HERE for more information.

(© 2016 KVUE)


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