Driving and Aging Infographic

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Driving and Aging Infographic

  1. 1. Making Informed Decisions that Drive Independence and Safety A recent article published in Gerontology notes that: • The greatest impact of “giving up the keys” for older adults is the inability to pursue key roles such as volunteerism and work. • Lack of mobility can also cause isolation for older adults due to the inability to spend time with family and friends. • Lost in most discussions related to aging and driving is the fact that many older adults are excellent drivers. Many older adults are safe & excellent drivers, however aging can cause changes in: Learn how aging can affect driving HEARING ATTENTION AND REACTION TIME COORDINATION JUDGEMENT MEMORY PHYSICAL STRENGTH EMOTIONS (ANXIETY) VISION REFLEXES TOOL: http://bit.ly/1bWGxse If you or a family member are concerned about safe driving, consider a driving assessment. Visit: http://1.usa.gov/1dqabTI Learn about driving assessments Improve your skills: AARP Driver Safety Online Course: • Online or In-Person Courses http://bit.ly/1coJuN0 • Driving Simulators TOOL: http://bit.ly/1e5L3q4 Make informed driving decisions with your Care Team • Primary Care Provider • Occupational Therapist • Social Worker • Driving Testing Center • Counselor/Psychologist • Area Agency on Aging • Family/Friends TOOL: http://bit.ly/1gpBqTm Consider adaptive equipment for your car • Low-e ffort steering • Ribbo n attached to seatbelt • Hand controlled breaks • Navigation system • Swing-out seat • Swivel Seat Cushion s • Ba c k• Ext e up camera ns i o ns w h e e l) (Key, f rror, steering oot p edal, mi car-fit.org TOOL: http://bit.ly/1d8e3s4 Consider other forms of transportation: ADVOCATE ST. • Public transportation • Grocery stores that deliver • Family or friends • Community shuttle buses • Walking • Trips with places of worship TOOL: http://bit.ly/1coMx82 For Family Caregivers and Friends: Talking with your loved one about driving can be difficult. Use the tool below to: • Prepare for your discussion • Respond to your loved one’s needs • Get support for yourself TOOL: http://bit.ly/1aVuCoo For Healthcare Providers: Use the tool below to get more immersed in best practice guidelines for: • Assessing older adult driving skills • Educating older adults and their families about adaptive approaches • Informing older adults and families about alternate transportation options TOOL: http://bit.ly/1f7xQcH © 2013 Griswold International, LLC Source: http://gerontologist.oxfordjournals.org/content/early/2013/05/06/geront.gnt037.abstract brought to you by www.griswoldhomecare.com Call 800-GRISWOLD CaringTimes Celebrate, Educate, Advocate.

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