Senior Center to host CarFit event

The Davis Senior Center and Area 4 Agency on Aging will co-sponsor a CarFit event on Tuesday, May 6, 2014 at the Davis Senior Center, 646 A Street, by appointment between 9:00 am and noon. Drivers 50 years of age and older can make an appointment to go through a 12-point safety checklist to determine the driver’s safe fit in their vehicle.

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

An occupational therapist will be on hand also to provide a consultation, if needed, that will teach drivers how to maintain and improve aspects related to their driving health. The therapist can also provide information to participants addressing individual needs, including information about local community resources on exercise, nutrition and other programs to help keep them safe on the road.

“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 CarFit Event Coordinator, Anne Israel-Connolly, Program Specialist at Area 4 Agency on Aging. “CarFit provides older adults with the tools to understand and apply the safety features of their car.”

CarFit is 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.

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 this successful safety program nationwide.

For more information or to make an appointment for a CarFit check-up call the Davis Senior Center at 530-757-5696.

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