Ninety-five-year-old Ione Hewitt is just one of many older adults in Texas making use of a new assisted living service that allows them to lead a more active lifestyle. The Dallas Morning News reports that the agency, called Senior Adult Services, provides free and low-cost rides to senior citizens so they can easily run errands.
According to the news source, there is a significantly high demand for such a service in the Dallas area, as more than 200,000 disabled people live in the city.
Hewitt uses the rides, which provides services to many locations, including the doctors office the grocery store, and stretching classes at the local senior center.
"It's usually for grocery shopping. We'll take a group to Walmart or Kroger," Greg Gerendas, executive director of Senior Adult Services, told the news provider. "We help carry their groceries to the door. The service is really essential for folks."
This service is especially important, as recent surveys have shown that many older individuals can reap significant benefits from staying active. According to Active Living Coalition for Older Adults, regular and moderate exercise can reduce risks of certain diseases by 50 percent.