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Keeping Us Safe is Celebrating

… “It was the development of the ‘Bill and Betty Fresch Outstanding Achievement Award’, which is now awarded annually to the one Certified “Beyond Driving with Dignity” Professional (CBDDP) who has gone above and beyond our expectations in helping to deliver this program to the community. The award is named after Bill and Betty Fresch of Shippensburg, Pennsylvania, who, after becoming lost while driving in January, 2011, were found days later frozen to death in a …

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

… Most Fatal Allergic Reactions Even if a medication does not make you drowsy or less alert, it’s also important to be aware that certain drugs can cause fatal allergic reactions. According to one recent study,13 medicines are the most common cause of fatal allergic reactions in the US—absolutely dwarfing the death rate from other allergens such as bee stings and food. Antibiotics and radiocontrast agents used in imaging studies are among the most hazardous. According to the New York …

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Pedal Application Error and Unintended Acceleration

… media release “Weller drove his 1992 Buick LeSabre (at least at a moderate rate of speed) for three blocks along the market street, which was filled with pedestrians, striking dozens of people.  The car stopped only after a pedestrian was thrown into the air and landed on the windshield of his vehicle, Butts said. Two years ago, The Marietta (Georgia) Daily Journal reported “Elderly woman gets 3 years in death of girl, 5”.  During her trial, 83-year old Edith Anderson testified that as …

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Get Fit to Better Handle the Wheel

… exercise may protect the elderly from long-term memory loss and even help reverse some of the effects of aging. Moderate exercise among those aged 55-75 may cut the risk of developing metabolic syndrome, which increases heart disease and diabetes risk. Among those who started exercising at age 50 and continued for 10 years, the rate of premature death declined dramatically, similar to giving up smoking and mirroring the level as seen among people who had been working out their entire lives. …

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Adverse Side Effects of Statin Drugs and the Elderly Driver (2)

… another study found.   In previous studies on men, Dr. Suarez (an advocate of statins) found that men who lower their cholesterol levels with medication have increased rates of suicide and violent death, leading the researchers to theorize “that low cholesterol levels were causing mood disturbances.” The following video from Dr. Joseph Mercola, a leading advocate of natural medicine reviews much of what has been cited in this article and offers advice on what to do with the many …

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Adverse Side Effects of Statin Drugs and the Elderly Driver (1)

… of the serious adverse side effects of statin drugs. Why? Because they are convinced that higher than normal cholesterol is the single most important causative factor to heart disease and heart related deaths.  Yet, already before the year 2000, large controlled trials were reporting that long-term use of statins for primary prevention of heart disase produced a 1 percent greater risk of death over 10 years compared to a placebo.   “Recently published studies do not provide any more …

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The Elderly Driver Should Take Simple Safety Precautions

… seat belts as a standard feature, they were not legally required. I also, remember comments from the naysayers that knew of cases where people were involved in accidents that could not get out of the car because their seat belts jammed. They speculated that a car on fire was a death trap to anyone cinched up in a jammed seat belt. Image via Wikipedia Eventually, however, the facts overcame the wild speculations as stats came in from …

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