Giving up the car is a significant and sad event that can drastically reduce seniors’ freedom.
And when seniors live in inaccessible, unwalkable areas, surrendering the car also often forces them to move, even if they’d prefer to age in place.
Sometimes, seniors’ driving life can be extended by refreshing their driving skills and modifying cars with adaptive technology.
Learn more about keeping seniors safe behind the wheel by checking out the resources from Older Driver Safety Awareness Week (https://bit.ly/3fbZmf1). Each December, the American Occupational Therapy Association will address improving senior drivers’ safety, provide insight on how best to have the giving-up-driving conversation with a loved one, and ways seniors can remain active once they do surrender the car keys.
Each day AOTA will cover a different topic. They are:
- "Anticipating Changes That Can Affect Driving"
- "Family Conversations"
- "Screening and Evaluations with an Occupational Therapist"
- "Interventions That Can Empower Drivers and Families"
- "Staying Engaged in the Community with or Without a Car"
- CarFit (https://bit.ly/35BrVPZ) promotes safe driving among older drivers through in-person and virtual events that show seniors how to improve safety and comfort behind the wheel by making their cars "fit" them. That includes appropriately adjusting mirrors, seats, and so forth.
- SeniorDriving (https://bit.ly/2IJjhpk) offers resources to help seniors drive as long as possible safely.
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