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Psst! Seniors, need a ride?

There's a new option for seniors in Ottawa who need help getting around.

Jana Mitchell, a 27-year-old entrepreneur, recently launched Wheels for the Wise, a service for seniors who need someone to drive them to appointments, errands and social engagements, and stick around to help once they get there.

Her idea for a driver-companion service for Ottawa seniors began close to home.

“My grandmother was diagnosed with Alzhei-mer's about seven years ago,” she said, “And just seeing the impact that that had on my immediate family in terms of the added responsibility, specifically with transportation, that was inspiring to me.”

The service only has a handful of regular clients now, said Mitchell. She's hoping to provide services to more people who have dementia and don't necessarily fit with the city's Para Transpo program.

The Wheels for the Wise drivers are trained to help clients with physical and mental disabilities are seniors themselves. One, Lloyd Flood, is a retired civil servant who gives his age as “about 60.”

“If you like people, you like this job,” he said, “And it's really caring for seniors.”

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