BOCA RATON, FL (BocaNewsNow.com) — The next time you’re stopped at a traffic light, look over to the gold Toyota Camry next to you, and see a driver who is 95 years old, consider this: you’re not the only one who thinks they will end up in the hospital. In fact, Boca Regional — where so many seniors end up after car accidents — is hosting a program to help the elderly determine if their car is really the right car.
According to the hospital:
Boca Raton Regional Hospital’s Davis Therapy Centers is once again hosting a CarFit Event on Saturday, August 25, 2012 from 9am to 12pm at the Sandler Medical Plaza Parking Garage, 650 Glades Road.
CarFit is an educational program created by the American Society on Aging and developed in collaboration with American Automobile Association (AAA), AARP and the American Occupational Therapy Association. It is the first program to offer older adults the opportunity to check how well their personal vehicles fit them. Issues such as steering wheel position, access to the gas and brake pedals and mirror adjustment are reviewed and assessed. The CarFit program could make a lifesaving difference for older drivers and their passengers and can improve all motorists’ safety on the roads.
Trained technicians will lead senior drivers through a 12-point checklist with their vehicle, recommend personal vehicle adjustments and adaptations and offer community specific resources and activities that could make their personal vehicle fit better and enhance their safety. Specially trained occupational therapists will also be on hand to provide information to participants on how to maintain and strengthen driving health.
For this event, graduate students from Barry University’s Occupational Therapy Program are partnering with CarFit to help older drivers determine if their personal vehicle is a good fit for them and to highlight actions participants can take to improve their fit. The CarFit program also promotes conversations about driver safety and community mobility.
For more information or to schedule an appointment, call 561.95.LEARN (53276)
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