OTTAWA, May 17, 2013 /CNW/ - In celebration of National Road Safety
Week, the Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists (CAOT) is
proud to have developed a new resource for older drivers, their
families and healthcare professionals that include an Older Driver's Safety website and a new series of brochures entitled "Keeping on the go: Driving safely as you age."
Valuable information on safe driving strategies and planning for driving
retirement can be found in translated brochures in English, French, Italian, Punjabi, and Chinese (simplified and
CAOT is dedicated to keeping seniors behind the wheel for as long as
possible. Driving increases the opportunity to be involved within the
community and is a contributor to quality-of-life giving seniors a
sense of wellbeing. For example, Statistic Canada reported that seniors
with a driver's license were twice as likely to volunteer as those
without a driver's license. Older driver safety is an important issue
and Canadian seniors from diverse cultures deserve to have tailored
information that might encourage them to continue driving.
Occupational therapists can evaluate driving abilities, help find
alternative transportation and develop driving rehabilitation programs.
These professionals have taken a leadership position in regard to
driving rehabilitation services because of their expertise in assessing
the interaction between the person, the environment and the occupation.
Occupational therapists are highly trained professionals who work with
anyone who is having difficulty doing the activities that are important
Production of these brochures had been made possible through a financial
contribution from the Public Health Agency of Canada.
SOURCE: Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists
For further information:
The Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists