The Piqua Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol will be sponsoring Keeping Us Safe’s “A Safe Drive Through the Aging Process” presentation on October 17, 2014. The event will be hosted by the Robinson Branch of the Miami County YMCA.
Keeping Us Safe is a national organization that works with older drivers and their families when the issue of age-related diminishing driving skills arises. The one-hour presentation, free to the public, will offer suggestions on how an older driver can extend his or her safe driving career. The program stresses the importance of staying aware of diminishing skills (physical and cognitive) as we age, and making appropriate adjustments in our driving behavior to compensate for a decline in those skills.
Last year in Ohio, 123 individuals age 65 and older were killed in traffic crashes. Keeping Us Safe’s programs are designed to significantly reduce those numbers, both in Ohio and across the country. “Meaningful partnerships between government agencies and the private sector can prove invaluable in solving public safety challenges.” says Matt Gurwell, founder of Keeping Us Safe, “It is an honor to be working with the Ohio State Highway Patrol on this life-saving initiative.”
According to AARP, boomers will be turning 65 at a rate of about 8,000 per day for the next 18 years! Tragically, an average of 15 people ages 65+ die in car accidents every day across the United States. “The issue of older drivers with diminished driving skills can be a very complex, sensitive and emotional family issue” Gurwell explains, “Our programs help older drivers extend their safe driving careers, or when necessary, help them make a smooth transition into a driving retirement, with minimal erosion to their pride, dignity, or independence.”
The presentation is being hosted by the Robinson Branch of the Miami County YMCA, located at 3060 S. CR 25A, Troy, Ohio 45373. The program will begin at 10AM on Friday, October 17, 2014. For more information contact Donn Craig at 937-440-9622. Family members and friends are also invited to attend.
To learn more about Keeping Us Safe’s programs, please visit their website at www.keepingussafe.org. Specific inquiries made be made by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by telephone at 877-907-8841.
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Matt Gurwell is a speaker, author, and expert on the issue of older drivers and drivers with certain disabilities. He is also the founder of Keeping Us Safe, a national organization with a mission to provide assistance to older drivers and their families as they face the challenging issue of diminished driving skills. Visit the Keeping Us Safe website at www.keepingussafe.org for more information on their services.