The Shawnee State University’s Masters of Occupational Therapy has partnered with the Pike County Senior Center in Waverly, Ohio and the Ross County Senior Center in Chillicothe, Ohio, to conduct CarFit events during the month of April.
CarFit is a national program developed by AAA, AARP and the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) partnership to help older drivers through a 12-point checklist with their vehicle that will help make their car “fit” better to their comfort and safety. By 2030, there will an expected one in four drivers to be a senior the age of 65 or older, and ill-fitting vehicles can make it uncomfortable and unsafe for older drivers. CarFit is a tool that can work to help keep seniors safer behind the wheel.
Trained professionals from CarFit and occupational therapists will be at the event to provide information to seniors on how to maintain and strengthen their driving health.
At the CarFit event, trained volunteers will check items such as the correct position of the driver’s seat, the driver’s ability to easily reach pedals and the proper adjustments of the mirrors.
“I’m very pleased that this year we have 26 MOT students who have been trained as CarFit technicians to participate in the events,” said Dr. Christine Raber, MOT Professor at SSU. “20 senior drivers were served at the two events, and their feedback about the CarFit experience was overwhelmingly positive.”
Older drivers can also check with their local AAA club or AARP office to take a driver safety refresher course or look into occupational therapy driving evaluation programs for individualized assessments and recommendations. CarFit represents an extension of those classroom programs and an opportunity for older drivers to make sure their personal vehicles are adjusted to their needs.
For more information about the event, please go to https://www.car-fit.org. For more information, please contact Dr. Raber at 740.351.3530 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.