Hendricks County Flyer, Avon, IN

Seniors

March 22, 2013

Senior news

 

CarFit event planned

for senior citizens

On April 6, occupational therapists from Hendricks Regional Health will staff a CarFit event for area senior citizens. The free event runs from 9 to 11 a.m. at the Hendricks County Senior Center, 1201 Sycamore Lane, Danville.

Each CarFit check will take about 20 minutes to complete.

CarFit is an educational program, created by the American Society on Aging, that offers older adults the opportunity to check how well their personal vehicles “fit” them and actions they can take to improve their fit and safety.

The CarFit program also provides seniors with information and materials on community-specific resources that could enhance their safety as drivers, and/or increase their mobility in the community.

Carfit was developed through a collaboration with the American Automobile Association, American Association of Retired Persons, and the American Occupational Therapy Association.

Although older drivers tend to have safe driving habits, they are more likely to be killed or seriously injured when a crash does occur due to the greater fragility of their bodies. A properly fit car can greatly increase not only the driver’s safety but also the safety of others. Based on findings from the CarFit checklists from previous events and follow-up surveys of participants, the program is highly effective on multiple fronts.

Some of the CarFit results show:

- More than one-third had at least one critical safety issue needing to be addressed.

- Ten percent were seated too close to the steering wheel.

- About 20 percent did not have a line of sight at least three inches over the steering wheel.

n The vast majority of CarFit survey respondents indicated that as a result of having gone through the event, they made a change to improve the fit of their vehicle, their use of safety features in their vehicle, and/or their willingness to discuss their driving with family and/or health care providers.

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