Safe Driving Summer 2004
One of the most challenging issues of aging is driving. Our communities are built on the assumption of access by automobile. Our sense of independence is closely tied to our ability to drive where we want to go, when we want to go. And yet, one our of four over the age of 65 do not drive. The AARP study, “Aging Americans: Stranded without options” notes that those who do not drive make 15% fewer trips to the doctor, 59% fewer trips to shopping and restaurants, and 65% fewer trips to social, church and family events.
For some, the decision to stop driving is based on a significant event, such as an auto accident. The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration found that mortality among drivers rose significantly with each decade after 65. Intersection crashes, especially left turns, are a particular hazard. Sensory and motor abilities decline, and perceptual/cognitive and attentional impairments increase with age. Many drivers attempt to compensate by driving only in the day, on familiar roads or for short distances.
PSRC is aware that as the population ages, concerns about safe driving and the need for public and alternative transportation will grow. The lack of transportation has a direct impact on attendance at our programs. We are always seeking volunteer drivers, as our pool of willing help has waned as the roads got busier and liability concerns keep growing. We applaud those who are investigating transportation options for Princeton. We encourage everyone to give a hand to those who do not drive, such as doing their shopping.
AARP offers a “55- Alive” course that will not only brush up your skills, but give you a discount on your auto insurance. We are investigating offering a course here if there is interest. St. Lawrence Rehabilitation Center conducts driving competency evaluations (call 896-9500 x 2494). We are still waiting to get a date scheduled for being a site for photo licenses/id’s.
Susan W. Hoskins LCSW
PSRC wants to say a special thanks to Janssen Pharmaceutica who provided funding and volunteers from their Pharmaceutical Leadership Training Program to do new landscaping alongside the Suzanne Patterson Building. Come take a look!
Also of interest:
Are you registered to vote? Need an absentee ballot? The League of Women Voters has provided us with material to assist you. Stop by at the Spruce Circle office.
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