From Driving to Passenger: The Driving Fitness Program and Transitions for Older Adults

In most communities and for most adults, driving a car means independence – the ability to spend time in the community with friends and family, attend church, shop for necessary […]

From Driving to Passenger: The Driving Fitness Program and Transitions for Older Adults

In most communities and for most adults, driving a car means independence – the ability to spend time in the community with friends and family, attend church, shop for necessary items such as groceries and medications, get to medical appointments, and participate in a host of other activities that are necessary for physical and emotional well-being. As we age, changes in our vision, hearing, physical functioning, and cognition may make driving not only more difficult, but unsafe. Unless parents experience a sudden decline, however, these changes generally occur gradually and may be imperceptible to the aging driver. This program will address the warning signs of driving impairment in aging adults, suggest evaluation strategies, present transportation alternatives, and present scenarios for discussing driving with our parents.

Presenters: Joe Fitzgerald, Owner of Southeastern Driving Training Center and NCDMV Certified Driving Instructor; and Noa Alper, OTR/L, MSRS, Co-owner of Assistance for Life Care Management Services

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