Faces of Success: Martha Stasaski
Ninety-four-year-old Martha Stasaski still goes to the gym three days a week, attends church on Sundays, and volunteers at Saint Thomas Health on Fridays. When Martha made the decision to give up driving in October of 2017, she found it difficult to maintain her busy lifestyle and found herself feeling stuck and lonely in her home.
Isolated seniors have a 59 percent greater risk of mental and physical decline than those who do not experience social isolation. Seeing the need for senior citizens who cannot drive to still be involved in their communities, Senior Ride Nashville was created.
Senior Ride Nashville, a United Way funded partner, pairs a senior who needs a ride with a volunteer who can give one.
“A few of my friends have been injured in car wrecks recently and I decided that it was best for me not to drive anymore because I did not want to end up hurt.”
When Martha first quit driving, she was using Uber to get rides to the gym which was costing her around $24 round trip. After a few rides, she quickly realized she would not be able to afford to continue using Uber.
“My son started looking around online and found Senior Ride. I called them and I have been using the program several times a week since October. It has given me a way to get out of my house and it is comforting to know that I have people who will help me get around. Only one of my children lives in Nashville which makes it challenging for him to drive me everywhere I need to go on a daily basis and I want to still feel a sense of independence.”
Thanks to Senior Ride, Martha has been able to keep up her active lifestyle while keeping the streets of Nashville safe for herself and others.
When you give to United Way, you are helping senior citizens like Martha on a pathway to success.
Interested in becoming a driver or know someone who needs a ride? Get information at seniorridenashville.org.