“Patience is something you admire in the driver behind you and scorn in the one ahead.”
-Mac McCleary

Getting old ain’t for sissies! There are many things to consider in the Golden Years, and how you get from here to there is a major issue for a lot of folks over 65: about 37 million Americans. This huge number is growing steadily.

Senior Drivers

St. David’s Rehabilitation Center offers a comprehensive driver evaluation and training program for those concerned that medical or age-related functional difficulties may be hampering their ability to drive a vehicle. Therapists use data from clinical tests and driving tests to determine the patient’s level of competency. Recommendations may include advanced driver training or the need to defer from driving.

St. David’s Rehabilitation Center
1005 E. 32nd St.
Austin, TX 78705
(512) 544-5116

Driving Instruction

Older drivers can benefit from follow-up driving instruction and information about changes in driving habits that will help them feel safe on the road. (Click on any of the following links for more info)

AARP Safety Driver Courses

AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety (202) 638-5944

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (888) 327-4236

Handicap Parking Permits

Handicap parking on a temporary (6 months) or permanent (4 yr renewal cycle) basis is available to individuals who have an approved handicap placard or handicap license plate. Physicians complete forms that patients obtain from the County Tax assessor’s office. Physicians must clarify whether the handicap is temporary or permanent, and whether the reason is mobility, or non-mobility related. The Handicap Parking Placard is convenient to use when a passenger in other vehicles too. You can also get more information and forms at Texas Department of Motor Vehicles.

Bastrop County Tax Assessor
(512) 581-7161
Burnet County Tax Assessor
Burnet (512)756-5494    Marble Falls (830)798-3220
Caldwell County Tax Assessor
Hays County Tax Assessor
(512) 393-5545
Travis County Tax Assessor
(512) 854-9473
Williamson County Tax Assessor
(512) 943-1602

Senior Transit

Capital Metro

Capital Metro offers a reduced fare (half-price) for the following customers with a Capital Metro-issued Reduced Fare ID Card: seniors 65 and over, Medicare card holders, and persons with qualifying disabilities.

In order to receive a Reduced Fare ID Card, customers must follow an application process with Capital Metro. The fee for the Reduced Fare ID card is $3 and applications are available at the Capital Metro Transit Store or online. The ID is valid for two years. Riders with a valid Disability Fare Card may use their card as a Reduced Fare ID until it expires.  For more information, please visit here.

Volunteer Caregivers

There are neighborhood-based Volunteer Caregiver programs in the greater Austin area. Their shared mission is to provide volunteer support services to enhance the independence of older adults. Transportation is a major component of the service delivery. The volunteers, who use their own vehicles, serve as companions while providing transportation. There is no charge for this service, but clients pay parking lot fees. These nonprofit organizations accept donations.

Faith in Action
Transportation is the service most requested by clients throughout all Faith In Action Caregivers locations. Volunteers provide rides for clients to a variety of destinations including medical-related offices, grocery stores, barber/beauty shops, banks, activity centers, support groups and more.

Access to transportation helps seniors stay independent as they age.  FIAC transportation services are adaptable to the needs of individual clients. Several service levels are offered such as; curb-to-curb, door-to-door and door-through-door. This ensures each client is safe and taken care of in the way best suited for them and their situation.

To be eligible for transportation services, clients must be self-ambulatory and not dependent on a wheel chair, as volunteers are not allowed to provide lift assistance.  Volunteers are able to offer a steady arm, and/or help with walkers and canes. FIAC Transportation services are provided at no cost to enrolled clients, although donations are gratefully accepted. Group trips may be offered in certain locations. Contact the location in your service area for details.

Faith in Action serves Elgin, Georgetown, Northeast Austin, Northwest, North Central Austin, Pflugerville & Round Rock, South Austin, Southwest Austin and West Austin.

Visit here to learn more about Faith in Action services.

Senior Support Services of Austin
This project of the City of Austin’s Parks and Recreation Department (PARD) provides:
(1) rides along set routes to senior centers and senior lunch programs
(2) personal rides for non-emergencies such as medical appointments and grocery stores
(3) rides for groups of seniors for shopping trips and other outings
Rides outside of the established routes require 24-hour reservations and availability of the program’s 14 vans and 24 mini-buses. Serves only within Austin city limits with suggested $2.00 donation. Service is curb to curb.
Parks and Recreation Department Phone Number: (512) 480-3012

American Cancer Society
Road to Recovery, sponsored by the Austin Metro Area American Cancer Society, is a volunteer-based transportation program. Volunteers use their own vehicles to transport persons with cancer for cancer treatment and some medical appointments. Apply by phone.
American Cancer Society
2433 Ridgepoint Dr.
Austin, TX 78754
(512) 919-1829
Wheelchair accessible: No
Call for scheduling: 8:30 am – 4:30 pm, M-F
Advance notice: 3 days
Level of assistance: depends on driver
Geographic boundaries: Austin and Round Rock

Meals on Wheels and More
In addition to home-delivered meals, this organization also offers transportation to medical appointments and grocery shopping. Volunteers use their personal vehicles. Call to schedule an in-home assessment for enrollment.
Meals on Wheels: Meals on Wheels & More
3227 E. 5th St.
Austin, TX 78702
(512) 476-MEAL (6325)
Wheelchair accessible: No
Call for scheduling: 8:00 am-5:00 pm (M-F)
Service hours: 9:00 am – 3:00 pm, M-F
Advance notice: 2 days
Geographic boundaries: mainly Travis County

Groceries to Go: Meals on Wheels & More
Groceries to Go
3227 E. 5th St.
Austin, TX 78702
(512) 476-MEAL (6325)
Wheelchair accessible: No
Call for scheduling: 8:00 am -5:00 pm (M-F)
Service hours: Determined by client need and volunteer availability
Advance notice: 2 days
Geographic boundaries: mainly Travis County