Accidents involving older drivers often call attention to the issue of older adults and driving safety. The facts alone may seem confusing. Statistics actually indicate that the majority of older adults are safe drivers, with high safety belt use and few citations for alcohol-related charges. However, medical conditions, medication usage and reduced physical function can increase the risk of accidents and injury among older adults. Factor in the sense of independence that driving represents for older adults, and you can understand why driving safety for older adults is an emotionally charged topic. “Locally and nationally, there is a large amount of people who feel a need to approach the topic of driving with elder family members” stated Noel Cooper, Director of Injury Prevention Resources #IPR
“However the idea of having that conversation can be quite overwhelming.
The good news is that there are great materials that help you not only
begin the conversation, but evaluate the situation and take action in a
The Hartford Center for Mature Market Excellence
and the MIT AgeLab developed a guide to help families initiate productive
conversations with older adults about driving safety. The suggestions are
based on a nationally representative survey of drivers over the age of 50,
focus groups with older adults who have modified their driving, and
interviews with family caregivers of persons with dementia.
We need to be sure we are crafting caring conversations. When families
discuss driving issues, they must assess the personality of the older
driver, driving record, availability of transportation resources,
geographic proximity, and long-term family relationships. The right
questions and answers can help you assess your family situation and have
meaningful conversations about older driver safety.
*Where can you find help locally?*
*1. Senior Driving Education: *For years, Mike Yowell and Leslie Calkins
with StateFarm taught Senior Driver Education Courses in Fremont County.
These efforts, among many others, make them local heroes relevant to
roadway safety in Fremont County. There is a new group of champions that
have stepped up to carry the torch in our communities; Brady Bower of State
in Lander, Jim Davis with Riverton Chamber of Commerce
and Steve Dodson from Wyoming Financial
are currently teaching safe driving courses for senior citizens. Riverton
and Lander Senior Centers continue to graciously host the courses. If you
would like to sign up to attend the course, please contact the Riverton
Senior Center at (307) 856-6332 or Lander Senior Center at (307) 332-2746.
*2. Information for Conversations with Older Drivers: *Riverton Police
Department, Injury Prevention Resources in Riverton and Lander Police
Department have recognized the need to provide informational work books
that walk you through the entire process from beginning to end. The
information is nationally recognized and can help keep our families and
roadways safe in Fremont County. You can pick up a book at the Injury
Prevention Office in Riverton (303 N Broadway) or Pitchengine in Lander at
333 Main Street.
Having conversations about driving, including seat belt use, impaired
driving and distracted driving, can prevent serious injury and save lives
throughout Wyoming. Don’t wait to have these important conversations, today
will shape the future.
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