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Performance Not Age Should Be Evaluated

Driving Tests Not Checking for Skills Actually Needed for Road Conditions

Clare Colley of the Canberra Times, wrote recently regarding a study under way in Queensland, Australia, led by professor Joanne Wood, who points out that it is not reasonable to expect typical re-licensing testing to be adequate when evaluating driver performance, especially for elderly drivers. For instance, high-contrast wall eye-charts, can not adequately represent visual conditions in high speed, high traffic, poor road situations and low contrast settings, such a night time or in fog. This is true for the elderly as well as very young and middle-aged drivers. Following is the article in the Canberra Times describing the study and profess Wood’s thoughts.

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Keeping Us Safe is Celebrating

A salute to “KEEPING US SAFE”

As a certified “Beyond Driving with Dignity” professional, I am proud to be associated with the KEEPING US SAFE organization. This year they are celebrating their sixth anniversary devoted to serving the elderly drivers in our communities and their families to help prevent tragedies on the highways. Below is a word from the founder of Keeping Us Safe, Matt Gurwell.

 

 

 

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Parkinson’s Disease: When Is Driving No Longer Safe?

Parkinson’s – The Disease

Parkinson's and Driving

Common Effects of Parkinson’s

The Parkinson’s Disease Foundation reports that as many as one million Americans live with Parkinson’s disease.  Rooted deep within the brain, the disease is a movement disorder that is both chronic and progressive, meaning that the symptoms are likely to continue and will probably worsen over time.  Although there is no known cure for the disease, medicine and treatment options can make the disorder more manageable.

This mysterious disease, whose cause is still unknown, was discovered in 1817 by British physician James Parkinson.  Only about 4% of Americans diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease are diagnosed before the age of 50, the remaining 96% are diagnosed in their later years.

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Common Medications and Multiple Drug Combinations Increasingly Linked to Fatal Car Crashes

Multiple Drug Combinations and Fatal Car Crashes

Here is a great article from Dr.Joseph Mercola, one of my favourite on-line physicians, about the problem of drug interactions and their impact on operating an automobile. This is especially relevant to the elderly driver, who may find him or herself tied down to a daily regimen of  several, interacting medications.

October 22, 2014

By Dr. Mercola

According to statistics collected by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 2.5 million Americans wound up in the emergency room (ER) as a result of a car accident in 2012.

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Takata Air Bag Recalls: Affected Vehicles

Takata Airbag

Air Bag is a Killer

 

Is Your car carrying a Takata Air Bag? You probably have heard about the infamous safety device, featured in dozens of news articles, which is responsible for having killed drivers rather preventing their demise on the roads. But what cars carry those devices?

Affected Vehicles

This list of affected vehicles was compiled from information automakers provided to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and published in the New York Times. Some of the recalls are region-specific, and not all cars in a make or model year are affected, so drivers are advised to contact their dealers for more information. RELATED ARTICLE

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Refresher Courses Keep Senior Drivers Safe on the Road | Refresher Course

Your Skills May Need a Refresher Course

Is age taking a toll on your driving skills? You may have driven a vehicle for many years, even decades but, of late, you find yourself apprehensive as vehicles operated by youngsters go zipping past you.  That type of nervousness is quite common and senior drivers often feel this way.

Driving a vehicle competently and safely demands a lot of concentration and good coordination between your eyes, hands, legs and the brain. Ageing slows down your reflexes and, coupled with heavy traffic, and aggressive drivers, it is no wonder the elderly driver may feel trepidation, operating an automobile.

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Factors That Affect Our Memory – Part 2

A Word on the Things That Are Memory Enhancing 

Negative Factors

In part 1 of “Factors That Affect Our Memory” we primariiy covered the negative factors, which include:

  1. Thyroid Problems 
  2. Menopause 
  3. Lack of Sleep 
  4. Anxiety and Depression
  5. Certain Medications 
  6. Smoking 
  7. Stress 
  8. A Higher “Infectious Burden” 

We did, however, begin to consider the positive factors by covering the healthful effects of green tea. In this article, we begin by repeating the benefits of green tea to your memory and continue to cover exercise, vitamin B12, vitamin D, intermittent fasting, gut health and diet.

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Factors That Affect Our Memory – Part 1

Are you headed for Dementia?

Driving depends on a sound memory, so anything that affects our memory, both negative and positive deserves our attention. Recently I read an article in Science Daily, entitled Think you have Alzheimer’s? You just might be right, study says”

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Stay Connected with the Elderly Driver in Your Life

Persuading the Elderly Driver to Give Up the Keys

INTRODUCTION

After family members have had a frank and open discussion with the elderly driver in their life, driving outcomes will vary. Perhaps the elderly driver has been convinced that he or she should retire from driving and is ready to give up the keys to the car. Or, perhaps, the older driver denies that driving is a problem. The parent or elderly relative is not willing to admit that driving skills have deteriorated, that eyesight has worsened, that reflexes are slower or that destinations of trips are often forgotten and produce confusion

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By Any Other Name, an Accident is Still an Accident

Young or Old, It’s Still the Same

No matter how you try to excuse yourself, by any other name, an accident is still an accident, regardless whether you are a new driver or an elderly driver. Assuming you survive an auto accident, you need to take the right steps at the scene of a crash, even if it is a seemingly inconsequential dent or scrape and no one is hurt.

 

What to Do Right After an Accident

The following are suggestions made by the Young Automotive Group, in an article featured in KSL.com/Brandview

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