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Free Lyft rides connecting San Diego seniors to wellness

Posted at 4:55 PM, Sep 05, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-05 20:57:35-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) - A new pilot program in San Diego hopes to break the barrier between older adults and ridesharing apps.

Together, Jewish Family Service (JFS) and the Ed Brown Center are testing an outreach and education program connecting older adults with free ridesharing services so they can participate in health and wellness programs.

The pilot program is part of a partnership with Lyft and the National Council on Aging (NCOA). The Ed Brown Center was one of three senior centers selected from across the country.

The goal is to understand whether ridesharing can improve an older adult’s well-being by enabling them to travel to their local senior center to take part in activities such as health classes, nutrition programs, lifelong learning, and social opportunities.

JFS partnered with Lyft two years ago to provide rides to seniors and individuals receiving breast cancer treatment. Called “On the Go: Navigator,” the program allows older adults to easily book rides to the grocery store, doctor’s appointments and more, without a smartphone. With this service, seniors must pay for the trip, as well as a $4 service fee.

San Diego seniors over the age of 60 can request a free Lyft ride to the Ed Brown Center:

  • (858) 637-3210
  • Monday through Friday
  • 7 a.m. - 7 p.m.

Yoga, bingo, tai chi, and painting are among the activities offered at the center.