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Friday, August 16, 2013

Students to Host Safe Driving Event for Senior Citizens

Students to Host Safe Driving Event for Senior Citizens

DuBOIS - Students and faculty in the Penn State DuBois Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA) program will host a safe driving event for senior citizens on Friday, September 27, at DuBois Village Assisted Living Facility on South Eight Street in DuBois. The event is the result of collaboration between Penn State DuBois OTA, Brant's Driving School of Johnstown, PA, and DuBois Village. It will feature three unique segments, each led by driving or occupational therapy experts, and all aimed at keeping drivers safe as they advance in age.

The "We Need to Talk" seminar is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. until Noon. The program will present tactics for broaching the sensitive topic of a loved one's ability to continue driving.

Car Fit Technicians will offer the "Does Your Car Fit You" program from 10:00 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. Drivers are required to bring their own cars, and technicians will assess their driving position and offer suggestions on how their car could better fit them. Small adjustments could be made to parts of the vehicle such as the steering wheel, seat, seat belt, and mirrors to achieve optimum safety and comfort.

A driving rehabilitation specialist will also be available during the event, form 10:00 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. to provide more detailed information on driving assessments and vehicle modifications.

Penn State DuBois OTA Students have hosted three other Car Fit events in DuBois over the last three years, helping dozens of seniors remain safe behind the wheel. Students are required to be certified by AAA and the AARP to participate in the Car Fit program.

Refreshments and door prizes will be provided. For more information, call LuAnn Demi at 814-375-4748 or Amy Fatula 814-375-4801.

Photo: During last year's Car Fit event, students Colleen Prechtl, at the rear of the car, and Anita Johnston work with a driver to assure their mirrors are properly adjusted and provide maximum visibility.

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