Uber: The Perfect Solution For Senior Citizens

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By: Julius McGee Special to the Boca and Delray newspapers
The United States has seen a dramatic shift in its population’s age demographic. The 2012 census shows that there were 76 million baby boomers (babies that were born between 1946 and 1964) in the United States. Projections show that by 2029, over 70 million Americans will be 65 years or older. That is 20 percent of the United States population.
The social impact has been discussed at a great length, but seniors are already taking matters into their own hands. Despite the potential obstacle of technology, they are turning to Uber for their sole form of transportation. It is the perfect solution for seniors everywhere. There has already been a significant increase of seniors relying on Uber. Many of the seniors are using smartphones and having their children and even their grandchildren get the app for them, and showing them how to use it.
Uber has recognized the opportunity that seniors represent; seniors are the ideal Uber customers. The casual user is likely to grab a couple of rides a week; the senior rider who has no other option for transportation may need a couple of rides a day. They have shopping to do, errands to run, and appointments to get to. Unfortunately, for some seniors, family may not be a solution and buses are not always the best option.
Some seniors may feel apprehensive about using a ride-share service, with many concerns coming from three key points:
Generation Gap – Some seniors do not always like to ask for help, even in cases where they have places to go, such as doctor appointments. In fact, non-driving seniors are said to miss 15 percent of their doctor appointments, when compared to their peers who are still driving.
Technology – Some seniors are not so tech savvy, which can be a potential obstacle. Although, Uber is rather an easy app to use, it can be difficult for some seniors who never grew up using cell phones.
Safety – Some seniors have concerns of safety, legality, and background checks of Uber drivers. Although Uber provides its users with a picture of the driver, their license plate and make and model of the vehicle prior to the pickup, some people are still reluctant.
While some seniors may have concerns-you will have a rough time finding a senior who had a bad Uber experience. Not to mention the fact that there are plenty of baby boomer drivers! Uber is the perfect option for seniors who can drive and are looking for additional income.
Catering to seniors is a rewarding experience for Uber drivers, too. 50 percent of Uber drivers do not make it beyond a year of service-it is a trying job, picking up drunken revelers at all hours of the night. Sure, Uber drivers are protecting the roads by preventing drunk driving, but that is not always the first thought in their minds when someone is vomiting in the backseat of their vehicle.
Driving seniors provide Uber drivers the opportunity to change a senior’s life by reopening a world that may have been closed off to them before. Although Taxis are still great, Uber is a game changer in so many ways. The ability to “hail” a ride with a tap of a button is still mind-boggling. Just think about it, Uber for seniors…the benefits are endless.
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