Driver Education and community education programs are helpful tools for updating and maintaining driving information for drivers who are physically and mentally able to continue driving.AAA Western & Central New YorkAAA Foundation100 International DrBuffalo, NY 14221Phone: (716) 633 9860 Fax: (716) 631 5925Services: Educational information & brochures, speakers bureau, driving school AAA Senior Drivers AARP Driver Safety Program1 (888) 227 7669Register for AARP’s online seminar “Talking with Older Drivers” Alzheimers Association2805 Wehrle Drive, Suite 6Williamsville, NY 14221Phone: (716) 626 0600 Fax: (716) 626 2255
Download and use the University of Michigan’s Driving Decisions Workbook for a self-evaluation strategy.
Information & Resources
The following is a list of resources the Help Network has found useful for formulating and developing evidence-based interventions and/or viable alternative solutions for the families, friends and caregivers and when responding to community requests for information.
"When You Are Concerned - a handbook for families concerned about the safety of an older driver" http://www.aging.ny.gov/Transportation//OlderDriver/Handbook2011.pdf by P.R. LePore, Albany: New York State Office for the Aging is an award-winning publication that provides an excellent overview of issues and experience-based ideas for addressing family and caregiver concerns about an aging driver
"A Practical Guide to Alzheimer's, Dementia and Driving," Web page of The Hartford, 2000 (http://hartfordauto.thehartford.com/Safe-Driving/Car-Safety/Older-Driver-Safety/Dementia-Activity/)
"Vision Changes and the Aging Driver: A Range of Issues" by Cynthia Stuen, DSW, Aging & Vision, Lighthouse International, Volume 13, Number 1, Summer/Fall 2001, (also including "Vision Impairment and the Older Driver" by Kent Higgins, PhD, "Optical Devices and the Low Vision Driver" by Lori L. Grover, OD, FAAO, "Vision, Aging and Road Safety" by D. Alfred Owens, PhD, "Driving Self-Regulation and Cessation" by Amy Horowitz, DSW, and "When Driving Isn't Safe: Some Ethical Dilemmas" by Bruce Rosenthal, OD, FAAO)
New York State Department of Motor Vehicles NYS DMV Older Driver Safety or Resources for Older Drivers - Health http://www.dmv.ny.gov/olderdriver/default.html
"At the Crossroads, A Guide to Alzheimer's Disease, Dementia & Driving", The Hartford, Hartford, CT 06115, 2000 (http://hartfordauto.thehartford.com/Safe-Driving/Car-Safety/Older-Driver-Safety/Dementia-Activity/)
The American Medical Association recognizes the increasing risk of aging drivers, and counsels their physicians across the nation about steps to take in addressing issues. In 2003 they developed the Physician's Guide to Assessing and Counseling Older Drivers
Aging Americans: Stranded Without Options, by Linda Bailey, Surface Transportation Policy Project, April 2004 (http://www.transact.org/library/reports_html/seniors/aging.pdf)
"Family conversations with older drivers" The Hartford, Southington, CT 06489, 2005 (http://hartfordauto.thehartford.com/Safe-Driving/Car-Safety/Older-Driver-Safety/Conversations/)
NHTSA's Older Driver Traffic Safety Program Includes links to important information including Publications, Research and Reports, and Resource Guides (http://www.nhtsa.gov/people/injury/research/older_driversafety.html)
"Safer Driving: The Enhanced Driving Decisions Workbook" The University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute and The UM Drive-Ability Program offer a free online workbook evaluation for older adults to use to test their own driving safety. http://www.um-saferdriving.org/firstPage.php