If you are concerned about an experienced driver or have questions about senior transportation you have come to the right place. It is up to you click here and email me with a specific question. Or take action and call Judi for a FREE twenty minute Senior Transportation Consultation at 619.742.3368.
Judi has also created four innovative transportation programs to meet the needs of older adults in San Diego. Each program is customized for each client and taught at one of three office locations.
Keep your keys and stay on the road. In this program learn how to create an action plan to stay safely on the road. Click here to learn more.
Use your smartphone to boost your independence. Learn how to use ridesharing applications. Click here to learn more.
Independence is important and safety is your priority. A customized transportation plan, ridesharing training, and personalized attention at every appointment. Click here to learn more.
In 2012, while working at the City of La Mesa Judi Bonilla designed and launched “Travel San Diego” the first group travel training program for adults age 60 and over in the City of San Diego. Travel Training is teaching individuals how to ride public transportation confidently and safely. During her time with the program, she received several commendations from program participants. While teaching travel training and talking to her students, she identified another growing gap in services. The lack of information for older driver improvement and safety awareness. Currently, travel training is available through the non-profit Advocates For Aging Cares.
How It Started
Inspired by her students and propelled into action by the report Aging in Place Stuck without Options: Judi left the City of La Mesa and launched We Get Around in 2012. A solo volunteer effort she continued teaching the travel training and expanded the program to include a driving retirement. In the first year of the program, Women In Transportation recognized the program and awarded Judi the Innovative Transportation Solutions Award.
Judi continued her research and program development and identified the connection between using public transportation and increasing the physical activity of older adults. The American Society of Aging selected her research and program for inclusion in the 2012 national convention. In 2013, Hispanics In Philanthropy selected her as a fellow and supported her research in the link between public transportation and the risk reduction of chronic conditions leading to Alzheimer’s Disease. In 2014, the Association of Travel Instruction acknowledged Judi’s social entrepreneur efforts and honored her with the Jack Gorelick Outstanding Practitioner Award.
Experienced Drivers and Public Safety
In 2014, We Get Around became a program under Advocates For Aging Cares a 501c3 nonprofit. Though unsuccessful in their grant writing proposals the program continues as an Oasis San Diego class. In 2015, to keep the momentum going Advocates For Aging Cares launched the inaugural Older Driver Safety Awareness Week in San Diego. Teaming with iTNGreaterSanDiego, Keepsake Companions, Southern Caregiver Resource Center, and Spedsta the coalition was honored by Councilmember Marti Emerald.
Senior Transportation in San Diego
Judi continues her work supporting senior transportation issues and serves on the board of the Association of Travel Instruction, chair of the Transportation Committee for the Aging and Independence Services and a member of the Council on Access & Mobility (CAM).