Older Driver Safety Awareness Week (National)

Observed: December 05, 2022 - December 09

Originated by the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), take advantage of AAA’s resources, including science-based tools and programs, to navigate the issues associated with senior safety and mobility.

It is a fact of life that people grow older every day. With increasing age come changes in physical, mental, and sensory abilities that can challenge a person’s continued ability to drive safely. But this recognition must be associated with the importance of learning about and accessing education and options. There are a variety of safe travel options. The real need is a broader awareness of the solutions rather than a narrow focus on the problem.

The American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) believes that occupational therapy practitioners have the skills to offer education, assess risk, and, when required, evaluate a person’s overall ability to operate a vehicle safely as a gateway to providing solutions. Many occupational therapy practitioners are specially trained to offer evaluation and intervention along a spectrum of driving rehabilitation services. Occupational therapy practitioners work with older adults and their families and caregivers to offer individualized assessments and recommendations. They can identify individuals’ unique challenges and find strategies and specialized services that will afford each driver a pathway to participation in daily living by partnering with them to meet goals of keeping active, healthy, and safe in their communities.

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