Visiting Angels - March 2019


Staying Mobile When You Can’t Drive

Giving up their license is one of the biggest challenges most seniors face. No longer driving means giving up some independence, and a lot of seniors become isolated and depressed. Public transit is a popular alternative to owning a car, but the fixed route of buses and high cost of cabs don’t work for everyone. Here are a few resources to help seniors stay on the go even when they’re no longer driving. Paratransit If physical or cognitive disabilities prevent seniors from being able to use traditional public transit, paratransit may be a viable alternative. Santa Cruz Metro’s ADA complimentary paratransit, Metro ParaCruz, offers door-to-door ride services to members of the community. Learn more about Metro ParaCruz by calling 831-425-4664 or visiting their website at Ride-Share Apps Ride-share apps like Uber and Lyft have great potential for seniors who are no longer driving. Because drivers are often

available at any time of day and can be scheduled within minutes, these services empower seniors to go where they’d like when they’d like. Due to the fact that a smartphone is required to request a ride from these apps, these services may not be an option for less tech-savvy seniors. Community Bridges: Lift Line Community Bridges is a nonprofit dedicated to helping vulnerable members of the community live happy, full lives. Eligible seniors of all abilities can get free rides to medical appointments through Lift Line, Community Bridges’ door-to-door ride-share program. Lift Line also offers Taxi Scrip coupons at a discounted rate, so seniors can pay for cab rides from participating taxi companies. Learn how to enroll in Lift Line by calling 831-688-8840 or visiting Giving up your license doesn’t have to be the end of the road. With a little creativity, seniors can find new options that let them be as mobile as possible.

Asparagus and Avocado Soup


This hearty soup is the perfect meal for those late winter days when you think spring will never come. It can be made vegetarian by substituting vegetable broth for the chicken stock.

Ingredients • 12 ounces asparagus • 1 tablespoon olive oil • 2 cloves garlic, coarsely chopped • 2 cups chicken stock

• 1 avocado, peeled, pitted, and cubed • Juice of 1/2 lemon • 1 tablespoon ghee or coconut oil • Salt and pepper, to taste

Directions 1. Heat oven to 425 F. 2. On a large rimmed baking sheet, toss asparagus and garlic with olive oil, salt, and pepper. Roast for 10 minutes.

3. Transfer asparagus to blender. Add remaining ingredients and purée until smooth. 4. Season to taste and serve.

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