Lyft Is Making It Easier For Your Grandma To Catch A Ride

With a little help from the National MedTrans Network, Lyft announced plans on Tuesday to help NYC seniors get to non-emergency medical appointments.

How exactly? Through a third-party app called Concierge, you can now call Lyft rides for people who might not have a smartphone or the capability to arrange rides themselves.

In a blog post, Lyft stated,

Every year, around 3.6 million Americans miss or delay medical care because they lack appropriate transportation to their appointments.

With 2,500 rides already getting scheduled through the service every week, this trend is sure to gain momentum.

What the service means for you is no more trying to walk your grandma through buying and loading an app ("But, where's the T?? I can't find the letter T!"). You can now go online and schedule a pickup for her.

If this sounds the slightest bit ageist to you, you're not alone. I know plenty of senior citizens who enjoy pre-gaming and getting schlepped around to bars just like the rest of us.

On the bright side, there's a convenient alternative next time your Mimi asks you to drive her to the mall.

Citations: Lyft Announces Partnership To Help Seniors Without Smartphones Get Around (Tech Crunch)