Participate in Older Driver Awareness Week by Preparing for Changes
Posted on behalf of D'Amico & Pettinicchi, LLC on Dec 07, 2015 in Car Accidents
To promote healthy, active and independent lifestyles among senior citizens, the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) has designated this week as Older Driver Awareness Week.
For 2015, the AOTA is using each day, Monday, Dec. 7 through Friday, Dec. 11, to focus on a different aspect of mobility and transportation issues that affect the elderly.
Older Driver Awareness Week Daily Focus:
Monday: Identifying Changes that Impact Driving Ability – Older drivers are encouraged to assess what physical, sensory and cognitive changes may affect their driving abilities and find workarounds for common issues. For example, drivers with arthritis might use a special tool for depressing the seatbelt latch, or use a loop to pull the seatbelt down. The AOTA also recommends taking a defensive driving course to improve your skills and get up to date on the latest safety technology.
Tuesday: Have a Conversation with Your Family – If your transportation mobility is affected by age-related changes, you may want to have a talk with your loved ones about assistance with driving. If someone might lose the ability to drive, family members should approach the situation in a way that is empowering and enabling.
Wednesday: Evaluation & Screening for Driver Fitness – Preparing for changes ahead of time can help reduce risk. Just like regular doctor check-ups, older drivers should get screened for visual and motor impairments that might reduce the ability to safely operate a motor vehicle.
Thursday: Automobile Adaptations and Accessories – For drivers with specific physical conditions, there a number of adaptive devices that can be installed in cars to aid mobility. Many health issues do not have to take away your ability to drive.
Friday: Keeping Engaged in Your Community – If your ability to drive is affected, it’s critical to stay engaged in your community. Many people who lose the capability to drive suffer from loneliness, depression and a loss of independence. There are many community resources, such as volunteer transportation agencies, to help seniors remain active, and ensure that transportation is not a barrier to activities such as shopping or volunteering.
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