The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), and others are promoting resources around Older Drivers Safety Week taking place Dec. 6-10.
The resources help families and friends of older drivers have conversations about safe driving and adapting a car to the needs of an older adult. NHTSA has tools to help people learn how medical conditions can affect driving, what to do if you’re experiencing or witnessing certain warning signs, and where to learn more about certain medical conditions. NHTSA has a list of resources by condition below:
- Alzheimer’s Disease (PDF, 198K)
- Arthritis (PDF, 217K)
- Cataracts (PDF, 217K)
- Diabetes (PDF, 197K)
- Glaucoma (PDF, 183K)
- Macular Degeneration (PDF, 189K)
- Parkinson’s Disease (PDF, 192K)
- Sleep Apnea (PDF, 195K)
- A Stroke (PDF, 178K)
Additionally, programs like CarFit are available from AAA, AARP and AOTA, which consist of educational programs and workshops to check how well personal vehicles “fit” an older adult.
Other resources like RideMatch help people across Massachusetts plan trips via public, private and accessible transportation options.