Bus program helps senior citizens get around

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Ronald Anderson works and rides a Mountain Metro Transit bus to help fellow senior citizens in the Pikes Peak Region get around and become familiarized with the bus system.

It’s called the Senior Ambassador Program, which is a partnership between Pikes Peak Area Council of Governments (PPACG) Area Agency on Aging and Mountain Metro Transit.

“Some routes I go on a lot,” said Anderson, who is the senior ambassador for the program.

Anderson created his own 11 page packet as a resource to anyone who doesn’t know much about the routes available.

“Ron would volunteer his time to help others and the lengths that he goes to on his own to come up with information and he just goes above and beyond to help people feel comfortable being on the bus,” said Rachel Beck, spokesperson for PPACG.

As a volunteer senior ambassador, Anderson helps other seniors get acquainted with the system so they don’t feel alone.

“It’s very good because somebody can help them and if they need help there’s somebody always available,” Anderson said.

His volunteer work even helps him stay busy.

“I just turned 79 but I don’t feel old, I still feel young inside,” Anderson said.

Beck said the program helps seniors to maintain their independence so they are not stuck at home and have a way to get to their appointments.

Volunteers are always needed for the Senior Ambassador Program and you don’t have to be a senior to help out.

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