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Morgan Lyons

June 3, 2005

Living an active, independent lifestyle with DART

Active seniors are transit savvy

At 67, Cora Reedy is not your typical grandmother. She wakes up bright and early for her two-mile walk, picks up her own prescriptions and groceries at the local store, and even volunteers four times a week for the Foster Grandparent Program at The Senior Source.

"I'm an independent woman. With DART, I come and go as I please without bothering anyone to take me. The bus picks me up and drops me off right in front of my house," Reedy says smiling. "It's like my own personal driver at a much lower cost."

Senior citizens take advantage of free health screenings and information at the 11th Annual Information and Health Fair at Eddie Deen's Ranch.
Senior citizens take advantage of free health screenings and information at the 11th Annual Information and Health Fair
at Eddie Deen's Ranch.

Senior citizens enjoy live entertainment performances in celebration of Older Americans Month at Eddie Deen's Ranch.
Senior citizens enjoy live entertainment
performances in celebration of Older Americans
Month at Eddie Deen's Ranch.
Nearly 800 active senior citizens like Ms. Reedy recently country-danced the afternoon away at the 11th Annual Information and Health Fair in celebration of Older Americans Month at Eddie Deen's Ranch. The free-of-charge fair provided health screenings, light refreshments, entertainment, giveaways and a special door prize for the senior with the best western wear.

More than 40 organizations such as the Alzheimer's Association, American Heart Association, Dallas Public Library, La Voz Del Anciano and Parkland Hospital provided information for seniors on a variety of topics including: transportation services, health issues, fire and personal safety, social services and pet adoption. Troy Dungan, WFAA Channel 8's senior weather forecaster, inspired everyone with his discussion on the importance of living an active lifestyle.

"We attend to our customers by focusing on their specific needs," explains Jessica Lennon, Transit Education Supervisor at DART. "Our seniors appreciate quality-of-life information in one fun-filled setting. It gives them the confidence they need to be independent and live a healthy life."

Independence obtained through DART's Transit Education Senior Program, that is. Groups of 20 or more senior citizens who reside in any of DART's 13 member cities can become transit savvy and independent. The programs are fun, interactive and free, consisting of dynamic presentations and on-site tours. While length and content can be modified for any group, the most common program includes a safety presentation followed by a train ride and/or bus tours to local historical sites including museums and art centers, as well as local entertainment venues such as American Airlines Center, home of the Dallas Mavericks and Stars.

More information on DART's Transit Education Program for seniors is available at www.DART.org/seniors.

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