The University of South Dakota Occupational Therapy Department is sponsoring CarFit, a new safety program for senior motorists, on Tuesday, Sept. 25 from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. at the Wal-Mart parking lot in Vermillion.
In cooperation with the American Society on Aging, AAA, AARP and the American Occupational Therapy Association, CarFit is a program where trained professionals provide senior motorists a safety and maintenance review of their vehicles, including a 12-point checklist of recommendations and adjustments. Occupational therapists from USD will also be available with information for older motorists on how to maintain and strengthen driving health.
CarFit is a first-of-its-kind national educational program created by the American Society on Aging to help senior drivers find the right fit when it comes to operating a motor vehicle. By 2030, more than 30 million drivers will be 65 years or older, and with senior motorists driving more miles and for more years, improving their health and strength in the personal vehicle can help make them safer on the roads.
For more information about the CarFit safety program in Vermillion, please contact Lynne Anderson, assistant professor and Academic Field Coordinator for Occupational Therapy, at (605) 677-6740 or by e-mail at Lynne.Anderson@usd.edu.