|Road safety course aims to keep senior citizens driving|
|Written by KAREN NADLER COTA/Sentinel Lifestyles Editor|
|Friday, 19 July 2013 06:57|
Virtually all seniors have one thing in common: they want to keep driving as long as possible.
To that end, a group of local and national organizations are combining forces to host a four-hour program that is all about driving, cars, and getting more comfortable with both than you’ve been in years.
The program, “Road Safety Education: To Keep YOU Safe,” will be offered Aug. 23 from 1 to 4 p.m. in Bowling Green.
The host location will be the City of Bowling Green Street Department building at 815 E. Poe Road. Visitors should enter on the north side. Drive right in to experience the following:
• Educational seminars consisting of updates on traffic laws and tips for safe driving;
• Carfit, an educational program sponsored by the AAA, the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP), and American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) that offers older adults the opportunity to check how well their personal vehicles fit them;
• Booths related to adaptive vehicle equipment and transportation;
• A chance to have the fluids in your vehicle topped off;
• Refreshments, raffle prizes and more.
Lunch is available from 12 to 1 p.m. and being sponsored by the Wood County Beef Producers.
The afternoon event will be co-hosted by the city of Bowling Green, AARP and the Wood County Committee on Aging, Inc.
“It’s not testing their skills, like driving through cones,” explained Danielle Brogley, WCCOA’s director of programming. “It has nothing to do with skills. It’s how you fit in your vehicle.”
Occupational therapists and the AARP got together to create the new program.
“Its goal is to ensure that people are fitting into their car properly — mirror heights, seat height to allow for full range of vision, and if they require any adaptive equipment,” said Brogley. “So it’s basically for their own comfort, but also for safety.”
Anyone who has acquired a new vehicle recently may especially benefit.
“People get a new car and they don’t know how to adjust their seat,” Brogley pointed out. “We’ve had people who don’t know how to change their clock” as technology increases and seemingly everything in the car has gone computerized and digital. “We help them with that.”
While this is the fourth year the Carfit program has been run locally, the 2013 edition of Carfit is only one part of the planned, larger event.
Three seminars will be offered during the afternoon.
A speaker from the University of Toledo Medical College will talk about staying healthy for safe driving. This will include “sleep habits, medication management, staying sharp cognitively, vision care, and just your overall physical fitness (including) range of motion, because it is important,” Brogley said.
Mark Grove from the Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles office in Bowling Green will speak on “Strategies for Safe Driving.” He will address traffic patterns and flow. “There’s roundabouts now, something that people may not be familiar with,” for example. Grove will also describe licensing requirements, and when it may be time to selectively limit your driving.
The final speaker, Dave Goodman from AARP, will give an overview of what AARP offers in terms of older driver education.
Road Safety is obviously geared to older adults, but it is also for their family members, said Brogley.
View the BG Police Department’s latest post regarding the Road Safety day at http://www.bowlinggreenpolice.org/?p=3042
|Last Updated on Friday, 19 July 2013 07:04|
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