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Performance Not Age Should Be Evaluated

… 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.   Driver licensing should be based on performance not age: researcher Date: October 31, 2014 Wall Vision Chart Reading letters off a wall chart is far from the best way of predicting …


Keeping Us Safe is Celebrating

… “Keeping Us Safe” and their programs designed for older drivers. When reading about their founder’s professional background as a state trooper and his personal commitment for this growing need in our aging population, it felt like a perfect fit to schedule a one-on-one session. Their conversational approach through personal and driving abilities was a foundation for us to follow through on the recommendation that “the time for her to stop driving was now”. As well …


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

Parkinson’s – The Disease 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, …


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

time after you take them, or their effects can last for several hours,’ Dr. Ali Mohamadi, a medical officer at the FDA, said in an agency news release. “In some cases, a medicine can cause significant ‘hangover-like’ effects and affect your driving even the next day… ‘If you don’t read all your medicine labels and choose and use them carefully, you can risk your safety. If your driving is impaired, you could risk your safety, and the safety of your …


Factors That Affect Our Memory – Part 2

… fasting schedule that simply calls for limiting your eating to a narrower window of time each day. By restricting your eating to a 6-8 hour window, you effectively fast 16-18 hours each day. To learn more, please see this previous intermittent fasting article. Gut Health   Your gut is your “second brain,” and your gut bacteria transmits information to your brain via the vagus nerve, the tenth cranial nerve that runs from your brain stem into your enteric nervous system (the …


Factors That Affect Our Memory – Part 1

… changes, keep reading. The 11 factors that follow, as reported by time,2 all have the potential to mess with your memory (some in a good way and others a bad way). 11 Surprising Factors That Affect Your Memory Negative Factors Thyroid Problems Although your thyroid doesn’t have a specific role in your brain, memory problems are a hallmark characteristic of thyroid disease. High or low thyroid levels (hyperthyroidism or hypothyroidism) may lead to difficulty with memory and …


Stay Connected with the Elderly Driver in Your Life

… Eyes” operator. a Beyond Driving with Dignity Self-Assessment. These are valid ways of assisting the older driver to come to a fact-based realization of his or her driving fitness.  But does it provide sufficient information to make that judgment? After all, even if the older driver has successfully completed a one-time evaluation session, how can we be sure it was not a fluke? Perhaps, it was an especially good day for the older driver, one that did not reflect actual day-to-day …


By Any Other Name, an Accident is Still an Accident

… the accident, vehicle damage, and any visible injuries you sustained. 6. Write Down the Details While the accident is still fresh in your mind, write down everything you remember about what happened. Drawing a diagram of the road and details of the accident (directional arrows, etc.) can also be helpful. If you can’t write it, use your and do a voice memo. Take note of the direction each vehicle was coming from, signage, any damage to the road, weather conditions, the exact date and time


Going Somewhere Very Slowly | older drivers

… think he’s got the right idea.   Savor the Moment by Tim Anderson Have you ever been stuck behind an elderly person going for a “Sunday Stroll?” You know, you’re driving, you’ve got somewhere to go, and Grandaddy Pappy is taking his sweet time, going 10 mph below the speed limit. Has this ever happened to you? Sure it has. And what do you do? You estimate that this Grandaddy Pappy is so slow because he is so old. What if you’re wrong? What if Grandaddy Pappy is indeed slow, …


Pedal Application Error and Unintended Acceleration

… elderly drivers. In fact, CNN reported, the following: While making that mistake seems unimaginable, experts say it can actually happen fairly easily. “It happens all the time because people panic and once the brain is in a panic mode, it stops thinking and your instincts take over,” said Miriam Schottland, a driving instructor who specializes in high performance and evasive driving “and your instincts can tell you to do the wrong thing. She’s seen it happen to …

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