By R. Patrick Corbett
When community leaders asked Cazenovia-area residents a couple years ago if seniors needed more housing options, they got a clear “yes” in response, but they also learned that housing was only the tip of an aging iceberg.
The people responding to the housing survey said if the growing numbers of seniors want to remain in their homes longer, other needs have to be met. Transportation for non-driving seniors was frequently cited.
Cazenovia Resources for Independent Seniors, an organization better known as CRIS, is still working on the senior housing issue, but it already has been able to match neighbors in need of a ride with neighbors willing to help. Its Cazenovia Area Transportation, or CAT program, has nearly 50 volunteer drivers who have put 20,000 miles on their cars in the first two years of the program, CRIS-CAT board member Jean Shirley said.
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