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Age Concern and Driving Miss Daisy launch "Life Without A Car" booklet

Tuesday, November 21, 2023   Posted in: Resources and Information By: Administrator With tags: resources, older adults, transport

Age Concern New Zealand  is excited to partner with Driving Miss Daisy NZ Ltd to launch a valuable resource that will significantly benefit New Zealand's older non-driving population.

Many older adults face changing from being active drivers to needing alternative transportation options. Age Concern New Zealand recognises the importance of helping older people maintain their independence, social connections, and mobility at this time of transition.

Age Concern New Zealand have produced the revised “Life Without a Car” booklet to address this issue - with generous support from Driving Miss Daisy. It is designed to empower older people and their families with the knowledge they need to make informed decisions about transportation, and mobility options.

The "Life Without a Car" booklet offers practical guidance, tips, and resources for people who may no longer drive or choose not to own a car. It covers topics such as:

  • Alternative transportation options, including community transport services;
  • Staying socially connected and engaged in the community;
  • Managing groceries, medical appointments, and other essential tasks; and
  • Safety considerations and tips for pedestrians and passengers.

Chief Executive of Age Concern New Zealand, Karen Billings-Jensen says “We are thrilled to partner with Driving Miss Daisy on this initiative. 'Life Without a Car' addresses a critical need in our growing, older population and aligns perfectly with our mission to enhance the quality of life for older New Zealanders. By providing the information and resources older people need to stay mobile, connected and safe, we are making a meaningful difference in their lives."

General Manager of Driving Miss Daisy NZ Andrew Kirkpatrick adds “At Driving Miss Daisy, we are committed to supporting people to maintain their independence and mobility. Our partnership with Age Concern New Zealand in resourcing this booklet reaffirms our dedication to this cause. We believe that 'Life Without a Car' will be an invaluable tool for older people and their families, and we are proud to be part of this initiative."

Read "Life without a car: Transport options for seniors" online.

Order hard copies of "Life without a car" and other resources from Age Concern NZ.

Age Concern New Zealand is a leading national charity and advocacy group for older people.

Driving Miss Daisy NZ Ltd is a trusted provider dedicated to providing their clients with a safe, friendly, and reliable companion driving service.