December 2 – 8, 2012
Florida officials are raising awareness of the impacts of aging and driving. The American Occupational Therapy Association, Inc. (AOTA), along with The Florida Department of Transportation and the Safe Mobility for Life Coalition kicked off Older Driver Safety Awareness Week, December 2nd-8th to promote the importance of older driver safety and mobility that helps ensure older adults remain active within their communities. The coalition was created to reduce the number of crashes while improving the safety, access and mobility for Florida’s aging road users. Throughout the week, AOTA will bring attention to a different aspect of older driver safety. You can follow the conversation on Twitter @FLSafeMobility. Use #ODSAW, #aging drivers, or #older driver or visit facebook.com/FloridaSafeMobility.
Monday: Identifying Changes that Can Affect Driving
Tuesday: Family Conversations
Wednesday: Screening and Evaluations With an Occupational Therapist
Thursday: Equipment That Can Empower Drivers
Friday: Taking Changes in Stride
An FDOT news release says there are more than three million adults over the age of 65 in Florida, and traffic crashes are the third leading cause of fatalities among this group. FDOT Chief Safety Officer Lora Hollingsworth says it’s important to address the mobility needs of older residents in Florida and to help them maintain mobility and prepare to transition when driving may no longer be a safe option.
Read more at:
News4Jax: Older Driver Safety Week in Florida Observed
Safe and Mobile Seniors
AOTA: Older Driver Safety Awareness Week