Hurley Senior Services Hosts Free CARFIT Check-Ups For Seniors
Flint, Michigan--To help the 10,000 Americans turning 65 every day and all senior drivers find a better “fit” with their cars for comfort and safety, mobility experts are hosting a safety program designed to help older drivers and their families. CarFit is a national program developed by AAA, AARP and the American Occupational Therapy Association and is designed to give a quick, yet comprehensive check on how well an older driver and their vehicle work together.
Hurley Senior Services will conduct FREE 20 minute CarFit check-ups at Suski Automotive in Birch Run (8700 Main Street, Birch Run) on June 19, 2013 from 10am to 1pm. To RSVP, call AARP at 877-926-8300, as space is limited.
“As we age, changes in our vision, flexibility, strength, range of motion and even size and height may make us less comfortable and reduce our control behind the wheel,” said Karen Kafantaris, Associate State Director, AARP Michigan. “CarFit provides older adults with the tools to understand and apply the safety features of their car.”
At a CarFit event, trained volunteers complete a 12-point checklist with each driver. Among the items checked:
- Correct position of driver’s seat
- Driver’s ability to easily reach pedals
- Proper adjustment of mirrors
“It is critically important that mature drivers make safety a personal priority,” said Angela Mitchell, BSN, MS, CNML, Service Line Administrator, Geriatric Services at Hurley Medical Center. “Driving today is more difficult than ever because of increased traffic congestion, longer commute distances, new technology and faster speeds. Older drivers can take important measures to mitigate the stress associated with driving.”
Older drivers can also check with their local AAA club or AARP office to take a driver safety refresher course for older road users 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.
Media Note: The CarFit event is scheduled for June 19, 2013 from 10 a.m. to 1pm at Suski Automotive, 8700 Main Street, Birch Run. Interviews with CarFit volunteers and members of Hurley Senior Services clinical team will be available. Please call Ilene Cantor, Administrator, Marketing, Community and Public Relations if you can attend at (810) 262-7164 or email@example.com. We hope to see you there!