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Miami-Dade and Monroe County Organizations Receive Grants to 'JumpStart the Conversation'
Date:3/6/2009

eate and use his or her own Mobility Map, not only will seniors be using the available resources of the community to the max, they will also be engaged in an exciting journey to recuperate most of the freedom to choose they have lost and fulfill wishes they may have forgotten."

Another partnership, the Alliance for Aging in conjunction with the Miami Lakes Town Foundation, Inc., will use the grant to host a series of forums aimed at evaluating the accessibility of current transportation systems. Potentially, these discussions will lead to creative solutions to current barriers that impede seniors' ability to navigate the Miami-Dade area easily. The forums will occur four times over a four month period. Max Rothman, President of the Alliance for Aging, is particularly hopeful about the outcomes of the conversations.

"We are very excited about the opportunity to plan with our partners around issues of transportation and mobility options," says Rothman. "These are critical issues for elders and their families. We look forward to laying the foundation for creating new opportunities in Miami-Dade County."

In a city with a rapidly increasing population of non-English speakers, the William Lehman Injury Research Center is using its grant to expand upon its current safe crossings program. The program is designed to help address the disproportionate number of elderly pedestrian injuries in Miami-Dade County. The research center will be translating education and promotional materials into both Spanish and Creole in an effort to cross the language barrier and reach more Miami area seniors.

The remaining five organizations include:

  • The North County Citizens Association, which will introduce a pickup service, with the purpose of allowing older adults without access to transportation the ability to conduct necessary tasks such as doctor's appointments and trips to the
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