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OT Navigates First Car-Fit Program for Seniors
Posted: Monday, June 24, 2013
Contact:  Brian Kirschner
Contact Email:  b.kirschner@usciences.edu
Contact Phone:  215-895-1186
 
On Saturday May 4, the Occupational Therapy Department ran a Car-Fit program at the Reba Brown Senior Residence. Car-Fit is a program developed by the AARP, AAA, and the AOTA to help seniors learn about how well they fit into their cars and the various safety features of which they should be aware.

The event was run by Dr. Paula Kramer and Dr. Pamalyn Kearney (who recently left the University for another opportunity), based on a grant from the Lindback Foundation. Both OT faculty members had been trained as event coordinators, and they were accompanied by two students, Shannon Donovan MOT'14 and Lauren Six MOT'14, who had been trained under the grant as Car-Fit technicians.

Additionally, three P1 students from OT volunteered to help with the event. Eight seniors from Reba Brown housing were evaluated according to the Car-Fit program and were given recommendations.  Overall, the event was successful, with hope to hold an additional event in the fall and open it up to the broader community.
 
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