Volunteers Step up to Help Seniors

Sunday, December 17, 2017

By GRETCHEN M. GROSKY
New Hampshire Union Leader

December 17, 2017

Melissa Abbott is 47, a wife and mother, a graduate school student, and she’s blind and permanently disabled.

Five years ago, a tumor robbed her of much of her eyesight and left her “chronically dizzy.” The balance problems have resulted in falls, causing painful injuries as well as concussions.

The Strafford resident said she is in a doctor’s office at least three times a week — sometimes in Somersworth, sometimes in Portsmouth, and sometimes in Concord. Getting to these appointments meant her self-employed husband would lose out on business or her daughter, who is a teacher, would need to take time out of work.

But Abbott said she is now “on the road to recovery” with help she’s received from Ready Rides, a volunteer network of drivers that takes people to and from their medical appointments at no charge. It’s one of several volunteer transportation programs that have popped up around the state to help the elderly and disabled in rural areas get rides to the medical care they need.

Read the rest of the story at:   http://www.unionleader.com/silver-linings/Volunteers-step-up-to-help-seniors-disabled-get-to-doctors-12182017


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