Older Driver Safety Awareness Week

Founded by the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), Older Driver Safety Awareness Week will take place December 5-9, 2016. The week is intended to broaden the understanding of the importance of not allowing transportation be the road block to seniors remaining active within the community. The week will focus on a different aspect of older driver safety each day. According to the AOTA, the schedule will be as follows:

Monday: Anticipating Changes That Can Affect Driving – As we age, impairments such as our vision, cognitive health, and physical well-being may hinder our ability to operate a vehicle in a safe manner. It is important to anticipate these changes that can adversely affect our driving and to be proactive in addressing them.

Tuesday: Family Conversations – With the holidays just around the corner many families will be getting together in celebration. These times can be useful in beginning conversations pertaining to older driver safety. AOTA recommends family members take advantage of their time together and begin having these difficult conversations. An important tip from the AOTA is to initiate these conversations in a non threatening manner.

Wednesday: Screening And Evaluations With An Occupational Therapist – An Occupational Therapist can be useful in determining an older driver’s ability to operate a vehicle. A comprehensive driving evaluation can be conducted in order to determine what changes can be made to ensure older drivers are able to continue driving safely.

Thursday: Interventions that Can Empower Drivers – Occupational Therapists can tailor safe driving solutions to meet individual driving needs. Such solutions may include the use of adaptive equipment to help older drivers continue driving safely.

Friday: Staying Engaged in the Community – When older drivers begin to limit or cease their driving it is important to be aware of other transportation options. Staying engaged in the community is an important component to seniors’ health, and therefore the ability to drive should not be a limiting factor.

According to AAA, older drivers are safer than other age groups because they often wear seat belts, comply with speed limits, and avoid drinking and driving.. However, numerous medical conditions that come with age can negatively affect seniors ability to recover from injuries sustained during car crashes. Per AAA, senior drivers have the highest crash death rate per mile driven. If you or someone you know is a senior driver, there are ways to be proactive which may help aide in the safety of yourself and others around you.

Tips for Older Drivers

  •  See an Occupational Therapy-Driver Rehabilitation Specialist for a thorough driving evaluation (AAA)
  • Be proactive in planning and preparing for future transportation needs – before accidents occur (AOTA)
  • Research adaptive equipment that can help in driving safer longer – an occupational therapist can advise on various equipment options (AOTA) To learn more about keeping older drivers safe visit Tips for Living Life to Its Fullest

Who to Call

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