The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) Drivewell Toolkit for older adults has important educational resources for senior drivers and their families. The NHTSA, along with the American Society on Aging (ASA), have developed this toolkit to improve driver safety with a specific focus on the challenges facing older adult drivers on U.S. roadways. The Drivewell Toolkit can help older drivers and their family members to understand the issues related to roadway safety, later-life independence and the importance of mobility. The toolkit contains resources for many age-related challenges like sleep apnea, glaucoma, macular degeneration, Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease, arthritis, and cataracts, among others.
Age-Related Physical Changes and Challenges
The Drivewell Toolkit is specifically tailored to older adult drivers. Each age-related challenge has a section about what to do if you or a loved one is facing these types of challenges behind the wheel. For example, in the section about driving with arthritis, there are a variety of educational resources that can help you evaluate you or your loved one’s safety behind the wheel. These sections also offer solutions for improved safety behind the wheel for older adults who are managing one or more age-related health issue.
Evaluation of Older Driver Safety and Effectiveness
It can be very difficult for senior drivers and their family members to talk about driving skills evaluation. Nobody wants to have to ‘take the keys away.’ The Drivewell Toolkit is a great resource for older drivers and their families to start a dialogue and to help evaluate current driving skills and determine what age-related health challenges are impacting safety behind the wheel. The NHTSA and other public safety agencies hold older driver training events throughout the year too. Community resources for increasing independence and mobility can help to improve the lifestyle for an older driver who may be scaling back on the amount of driving he or she is doing.
Independence Within the Community
Although older drivers have additional health challenges associated with the aging process to deal with, they still need to maintain their independence within the community. The emphasis on mobility is a critical part of the Drivewell Toolkit.
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