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OT Department to Help Senior Drivers Find Their Perfect Fit
CarFit Program will be held at USciences on Nov. 3
Posted: Tuesday, October 08, 2013
Contact:  Lauren Whetzel
Contact Email:  l.whetzel@usciences.edu
Contact Phone:  215-596-8864
As technological upgrades to automobile features continually become more complex, senior drivers can unknowingly compromise their safety when getting behind the wheel. As part of a national effort to educate senior drivers on safe driving practices, the Department of Occupational Therapy at University of the Sciences will host a free CarFit Program on Sunday, Nov. 3, from 1-4 p.m., in the Athletic/Recreation Center’s parking lot.

“As adults age, their bodies change; their rear view mirrors may no longer be at the correct angles, and the adjustments of their side view mirrors may now result in blind spots,” said Wendy Fox, assistant professor of occupational therapy. “Those are the types of safety issues we are trying to help seniors resolve."
CarFit was created by the American Society on Aging in collaboration with the AARP, AAA, and The American Occupational Therapy Association, and is intended to spark a conversation about safe driving, as well as link seniors to relevant mobility resources. This free event is specifically geared toward the senior population, and each three-step appointment will take approximately 20 minutes.
Here’s what each attendee can expect upon arrival to USciences:
  • Step 1: The check-in process begins with the senior driving his or her vehicle to the appointment and completing some simple paperwork with students.
  • Step 2: A trained CarFit technician – in this case, an occupational therapy student – will review and help adjust each driver’s side and rear view mirrors, safety belts, head restraints, steering wheel, controls (including turn signals, emergency flashers, parking brake, horn and headlights).
  • Step 3: An occupational therapist will then review the check-list and discuss proper brake and gas pedal adjustment, as well as blind spots.
“Unless car salesmen walk through every single safety feature with their customers, most people will judge their car settings by their levels of comfort,” said Fox. “Luckily, our students and faculty will have the opportunity to fulfill the University’s mission of community engagement, while also helping protect some of our most vulnerable citizens.”

For more information regarding this program, or to schedule an appointment, contact
Theresa A. Higginson at t.higginson@usciences.edu or (267) 481-1310.


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