Elder Guru

Creating Livable Communities for Aging Residents

By 2030, one in five people will be 65 or older. More than nine-tenths of these seniors want to age in place, with eighty percent believing their current home will be their last, according to a 2011 study by the AARP Public Policy Institute and the National Conference of State Legislatures. With the population of seniors rising, local agencies on aging are working to build livable communities meeting seniors’ needs. What do these communities look like? Neighbors Nearby For older adults who choose to age in place, a sense of…

Download the Senior Driving Self-assessment Test

Driving means independence starting from the tender age of 16 in the US. For older adults, driving also means having a higher risk for motor vehicle accidents.  The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reported that in 2012, more than 5,560 older adults were killed and more than 214,000 were injured in motor vehicle crashes. This amounts to 15 older adults killed and 586 injured in crashes on average every day. This may come as a surprise as AAA contends that older adults are actually safer drivers. They are more likely to follow…

Elder Transportation 101

Whether a person voluntarily gives up their keys or is no longer able to climb onto the first step of the bus, securing transportation can be a challenge for older adults. Some older adults rely on friends and family for rides, while others stop regularly leaving home when transportation is no longer readily available. For professionals and caregivers, it is important to be aware of the available transportation options to ensure the greatest level of independence and functioning for the older adults in our communities. For starters: Save yourself time and…

Renault Clio Car’s Swivel Seat Could Help Senior Drivers

Here is a “Why didn’t I think of that?” idea for car manufacturers. The Renault Clio car has a newly designed swivel seat. Seriously – why hasn’t this been thought of before, especially for cars built with elder drivers in mind? I own a Build Park Avenue, a car typically associated with older drivers. Our Park Avenue has a seat adjustment button that one can set for exiting the car. Say you’re an older driver that has difficulty getting out of the car. You just push that button and the…

Download A Physician’s Guide to Assessing and Counseling Senior Driver Safety

Doctors, either general practice or geriatricians, are increasingly being faced with the difficult task of determining an older driver’s ability to drive safely. Adult children may express concern to the physician, a spouse, or perhaps a police officer prompts the conversation. Doctors have a reference for assessing and elder’s ability to drive safely. The American Medical Association published the Physician’s Guide to Assessing and Counseling Older Drivers, developed in cooperation with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The introduction reads: The information in this guide is provided to assist physicians…

Twenty Safe Driving Tips for Senior Citizens

The ability to drive is an important element in maintaining one’s independence as we age, but the older we get the harder it is to continue driving safely. Old age brings about slower reaction times, impaired judgment and physical limitations. There are safe driving tips that elders can use to extend their ability to drive safely, however. These tips include: Avoid driving at night if you have trouble with your vision, and don’t tint your windows. Avoid driving during periods of high traffic, typically during morning, lunch and evening commute…