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Older Driver Safety Awareness Week

December 15, 2014

The American Occupational Therapy Association, Inc. (AOTA) establishes the first week in December as Older Driver Safety Awareness Week to promote the importance of older driver safety and mobility that helps ensure older adults remain active within their communities.

The Safe Mobility for Life Coalition endorses and supports AOTA's national efforts by conducting and promoting older driver safety awareness and educational events throughout the state. Throughout the week, each day will focus on a different aspect of safety and mobility for aging drivers:

Monday: Identifying Changes That Can Affect Driving (for more information, visit: Driving Wellness page and AOTA site)
Tuesday: Family Conversations (for more information, visit: Families/Caregivers page and AOTA site)
Wednesday: Screening and Evaluations With an Occupational Therapist (for more information, visit: Driver Skills page and AOTA site)
Thursday: Equipment That Can Empower Drivers (for more information, visit: Vehicle page and AOTA site)
Friday: Taking Changes in Stride (for more information, visit: Aging in Place page and AOTA site)

Outreach and Education
Raising awareness and providing education about the work of the Safe Mobility for Life Coalition and available transportation safety and mobility resources here in Florida is our number one goal this week! This is being accomplished in a variety of ways:

Safety is Golden Mobility Fair

This year, in support of Older Driver Safety Awareness week, we have partnered with the City of St. Petersburg, FDOT, and CarFit to bring our Safety is Golden Mobility Fair to the Sunshine Center. This free, interactive safety event allows participants to learn about their local and state transportation resources by visiting indoor vendors and also be able to participate in the CarFit safety event that will going on at the same time outdoors. More details on the event can be found on the Safety is Golden Mobility Fair poster.

If you are in the St. Petersburg/Pinellas County area, please join us on:

Friday, December 5, 2014
9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Sunshine Center
330 5th Street North
St. Petersburg, FL  33701

To make sure we have enough trained technicians, we ask that participants register for the CarFit safety event, by calling 727-893-7190.

Indoor Vendor Area

In addition to the Safe Mobility for Life Coalition, the following vendors will be on hand to provide local safety and mobility information to participants:

  • AAA Auto Club Group Traffic Safety Foundation
  • AARP Florida
  • Alert Today Florida
  • Area Agency on Aging for Pasco-Pinellas
  • AT&T Distracted Driving Simulator
  • Bayfront Health
  • Behind the Wheel Rehab
  • City of St. Petersburg - Bike Safety
  • Dept. of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles
  • Easy Rider Transport
  • Florida CarFit
  • Grace Adaptive Driving
  • Healthy Vision Institute
  • JSA Medical Group (blood pressure checks)
  • Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority
  • Sea Change Wellness
  • St. Lukes Cataract Institute Hearing Dept
  • St. Petersburg Police Department
  • Suncoast Epilepsy Association
  • WalkWise

outdoor carfit event 

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