Media advisory - The Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists launch The National Blueprint for Injury Prevention in Older Drivers



    OTTAWA, Feb. 25 /CNW Telbec/ - The Canadian Association of Occupational
Therapists (CAOT), along with McGill University , launch tomorrow the <a href="http://www.caot.ca/default.asp?pageid=2190">National</a>
<a href="http://www.caot.ca/default.asp?pageid=2190">Blueprint for Injury Prevention in Older Drivers</a> (Older Drivers Blueprint).
The Older Drivers Blueprint is an important and innovative initiative funded
by the Public Health Agency of Canada that aims to enhance the capacity of
older adults to maintain their fitness to drive and ability to drive safely
for as long as possible. The intent is that the Older Drivers Blueprint will
be used by many stakeholders and will support policy-making, education and
legislation for injury prevention, enhanced health, well-being and safety
amongst older drivers in Canada.

    
    WHAT:          Launch of the National Blueprint for Injury Prevention in
                   Older Drivers

    WHEN:          Thursday, February 26, 2009 from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

    WHERE:         Lady Elgin Room, Lord Elgin Hotel, 100 Elgin Street,
                   Ottawa

    WHO:           Speakers:

                   - Dr. Claudia von Zweck, Ph.D., OT Reg. (Ont.), OT(C)
                     Executive Director, CAOT
                   - Dr. Nicol Korner-Bitensky, Ph.D., OT(C), erg., Principal
                     Investigator for the Blueprint, McGill University
                   - Dr. Colin Carrie, B.Sc. (Hons.), D.C., M.P.,
                     Parliamentary Secretary and representing the Minister of
                     Health - The Honourable Leona Aglukkaq, P.C., M.P.
                   - Dr. Elizabeth Taylor, President, CAOT
                   - Patricia Clark, National Executive Director, Active
                     Living Coalition for Older Adults

    OPPORTUNITY:    The senior driving their car will arrive and pose for
                    photographs with Dr. Nicol Korner-Bitensky. Additional
                    interview opportunities will be available with the
                    following people:

                   - Dr. Nicol Korner-Bitensky, Ph.D., OT(C), erg., Principal
                     Investigator for the Blueprint, McGill University
                   - Dr. Claudia von Zweck, Ph.D., OT Reg. (Ont.), OT(C)
                     Executive Director, CAOT
                   - Occupational Therapist, Susan Sofer O.T. (C) CDRS
                   - Occupational Therapist, Dana Benoit, MSc. (rehab),
                     erg, OT(C)
                   - Senior Driver, Barbara Ann Pennie, driver for over
                     65 years, bilingual
    




For further information:

For further information: Karen Bennett, Senior Consultant, Delta Media,
(613) 233-9191, karen@deltamedia.ca; www.caot.ca


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