Online Buzz: What Are Driver Rehab Specialists and How Do They Help Seniors?
With an estimated 35 million licensed drivers older than 65 in America, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, many families share a concern: Should their elderly loved ones hang up the car keys?
Feet numb from diabetic neuropathy. Cataracts and glaucoma. Hearing loss. High-dose pain medications. A number of health conditions can limit seniors who still want to remain independent behind the wheel, but a driver rehabilitation specialist can help. A certified driver rehabilitation specialist is typically an occupational therapist who tests cognitive and physical fitness to drive.
After performing an evaluation of a driver's condition and abilities, the specialist can provide information and resources with the goal of balancing a senior driver's independence and freedom while respecting personal and public safety.
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