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Hospital offers help to families with older drivers

Posted by Sarah Thomas  November 30, 2010 09:52 AM

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As the graying of America continues, the complex questions facing families with older members multiply as well. One of these is the right time to have a discussion about driving. Newton-Wellesley Hospital aims to make this difficult conversation a little easier with a free symposium being held next week.

"Tips for Talking with Older Drivers," a free event focusing on the warning signs of problem driving and developing alternative transportation plans for seniors, will take place Monday, Dec. 6 at 7 p.m. in Newton-Wellesley Hospital's Bowles Conference Room. The event will feature light refreshments and reservations are requested.

According to a release from the hospital, the U.S. Census Bureau states there will be 9.6 million people 85 and older by 2030—up 73 percent from today—who will want and need to drive to live their lives. With increasing age come changes in physical, mental and sensory abilities that can challenge a person’s continued ability to drive safely. But there are a variety of safe travel options for people of all ages.

The event will be hosited by Debbie Kerrigan, occupational therapist and coordinator of the hospital's Drive Safe Program.

For more information or to reserve a seat, call 617-243-6383 or email drivesafe@partners.org.

Sarah Thomas can be reached at sarah.m.thomas@gmail.com.

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