we are at 24 percent of senior population in our county," Zdrale says. "If you look at Belpre alone, (they’re) at 28
percent of the total population over age sixty.
Projections tell us that by 2020, it’s going to be 32 percent -- and by
2030 – nearly 37 percent of the total population here will be over the age of
As a whole,
about 20% of Ohioans are over 60 years old, and Zdrale says the growing trend
of aging people makes the need for transportation services in demand – and people
are taking advantage of it.
“In 2012, we
completed 12,810 trips throughout the county.
That included all the medical and other trips to our adult day and other
non-medical trips that we did. About 25
percent of those were to medical appointments in the county. We also do some out-of-county.”
says many of these people simply can no longer get around themselves.
because of their physical condition or psychological disabilities they might
have, they can no longer drive. We still
run into people now and then that never did drive. Some older women really depended on their
husbands or other family members. That’s
a group we’re running into still that needs assistance getting back and forth.”
the support they get from the Memorial Health Foundation and the other agencies is crucial. For more information
about the senior transportation program, call the O’Neill Senior Center