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Performance Not Age Should Be Evaluated

… focused on exercise or techniques to speed up reaction times to help older drivers remain safe, but more funding was needed. “What we know is the consequence of taking away the licence is so bad and so negative unless they’re prepared for it properly,” she said. “There are going to be some people who will very unsafe but I think there will be a big proportion of people who could be open to interventions. “If someone values their independence they’re more …

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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.       Keeping Us Safe Celebrates 6-Years of Preventing …

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

… block the action of the neurotransmitter acetylcholine in the brain, and help slow involuntary movements of the muscles.  Unfortunately, they are also known to cause confusion, sedation and memory impairment. A Short Story Intrigued by the mysteriousness of the disease, and wanting to learn more about the impact it has on its victim’s driving abilities, I have had the good fortune to attend several Parkinson’s support group meetings.  One particular, well-attended meeting was led by a …

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

… continue to rely on prescription drugs. At present, 90 percent of seniors aged 65 and over use prescription medications.11 According to the researchers, doctors can help prevent drugged driving by warning their patients about the risk of impairment while on certain drugs. They also suggested making mass transportation more affordable to dissuade drugged drivers from taking to the road. Yet another study, published in the British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology12 in 2012, found that people …

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

… level. It will also help prevent your being charged by traffic enforcement authorities for violations on the road that can take a toll on your wallet and on your confidence.   Defensive/Pro-Active Driving As already mentioned, ageing may slow down your reflexes, which could lead to  collisions. This is why defensive or pro-active driving skills can be the key to keeping you safe behind the wheel. At a professional driving school you would be taught to be more conscious about the driving …

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Factors That Affect Our Memory – Part 2

… brain, areas that are involved in planning, processing of information, and the formation of new memories. In older adults, research has shown that low vitamin D levels are associated with poorer brain function, and increasing levels may help keep older adults mentally fit. Appropriate sun exposure is all it takes to keep your levels where they need to be for healthy brain function. If this is not an option, a safe tanning bed is the next best alternative, followed by a vitamin D3 supplement. …

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Factors That Affect Our Memory – Part 1

… to a growing body of evidence that self-reported memory complaints can be predictive of cognitive impairment later in life, there isn’t cause for immediate alarm if you can’t remember where you left your keys. “Certainly, someone with memory issues should report it to their doctor so they can be followed.”   While it is certainly prudent to suggest to anyone experiencing problems with memory that he or she should report it to their doctor, I couldn’t help but feel …

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Stay Connected with the Elderly Driver in Your Life

… with estimated fuel cost and driving behavior; including hard braking, rapid accelerations and speeding to help your parent or spouse improve their driving skills.  If you are uncertain that a senior driver really knows where they are going, you can put your mind at ease with tracking their whereabouts on Zubie, where vehicle location is updated frequently on a map to prevent misdirection and check-in as needed. Zubie helps drivers understand their skill level, using a unique, proprietary, …

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By Any Other Name, an Accident is Still an Accident

… — and prevent further ones — by setting up emergency flares, orange cones, or warning triangles. If it doesn’t feel safe (or possible) to move yourself or your vehicle, turn on your hazard lights and stay where you are until help arrives. Your safety should be your first priority. 2. Make Sure Everyone is OK The majority of accidents do not involve major injuries, however, it’s important to check immediately to make sure you, your passengers, and the driver and passengers of the …

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Pedal Application Error and Unintended Acceleration

… experienced professional drivers in training situations, she said. Even they can fail to quickly figure out what’s happening and correct it. In this disturbing video, you will see that the driver was not an elderly driver: How to help Older Drivers However, to aid the older driver, who may indeed be suffering from some cognitive deficit common with increasing age, a new program has emerged to help prevent these types of tragedies from occurring in the future.  The “Beyond …

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