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Southeast Michigan seniors ask: How do we get where we need to go once the keys are gone?

Older adults raising their voices to showcase need for reliable regional transit and why a must for independence, health


Commuters ride in a metro train in Washi

Source: JEWEL SAMAD / Getty

WHO: Leaders of numerous senior service organizations across the four counties of Macomb, Oakland, Washtenaw and Wayne as well as numerous individuals whose independence depends on reliable regional transit.

  • Roger Myers, President & CEO, Presbyterian Villages of Michigan/Brush Park Manor
  • Paul Bridgewater, President & CEO, Detroit Area Agency on Aging
  • Yulia Gaydayenko, Senior Director of Older Adult Services, Jewish Family Service of Metropolitan Detroit
  • Gemmalyn Dixon, Clinical Manager for the Adult Care for the Elderly (ACT), St. John Providence Macomb
  • Stephanie Donaldson, Founder & Spokesperson, Senior Power Days at Belle Isle
  • Area seniors who need and count on reliable regional transit


WHAT:  Senior advocates and organizations representing older adults will share their stories and showcase how essential connected rapid, reliable transit is to independence, health and quality of life.


WHEN/               Tuesday, Aug. 30, 201610:30 a.m.

WHERE:             The Village of Brush Park Manor Paradise Valley

2900 Brush St., Detroit, MI  48201


WHY:  The statistics are sobering. Nearly 70 percent of seniors age 65-79 in metro Detroit have poor access to transit, totaling 445,000 seniors and ranking Detroit almost dead last among large metro regions nationally. More than 20 percent of older adults 65+ do not drive. Seniors outlive their ability to drive by up to a decade, but they still need to get to doctors’ appointments, grocery stores and to visit their families and friends. The RTA’s Regional Master Transit Plan is a historic opportunity to address this critical need and challenge.



A Coalition for Transit is made up of individuals and organizations who recognize the importance of regional transit and the problems Southeast Michigan faces due to the current system. A modern, reliable regional public transit system that connects Macomb, Oakland, Washtenaw and Wayne counties is vital to the region’s vitality and ability to grow and compete. It connects people to jobs, boosts economic development, enables independence for seniors and people with disabilities, attracts and retains talent, and improves quality of life.


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