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. Read more...(1010 words, 2 images, estimated 4:02 mins reading time)
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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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. Read more...(987 words, 1 image, estimated 3:57 mins reading time)
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. Read more...(1585 words, 1 image, estimated 6:20 mins reading time)
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?
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 dealersfor more information. RELATED ARTICLERead more...(252 words, 1 image, estimated 1:00 mins reading time)
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. Read more...(686 words, 2 images, estimated 2:45 mins reading time)
In part 1 of “Factors That Affect Our Memory” we primariiy covered the negative factors, which include:
Lack of Sleep
Anxiety and Depression
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. Read more...(1290 words, estimated 5:10 mins reading time)
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 Read more...(766 words, estimated 3:04 mins reading time)
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.