Transportation

Elderly Drivers and Safety

Several recent reports have shown that older drivers are at increased risk of being involved in a traffic accident resulting in a fatality. Seniors 65 and older account for just 8 percent of total miles driven, yet 17 percent of traffic fatalities involved at least one driver over the age of 65.

Robert Siegel of National Public Radio talked with Frank Moretti, director of research at the nonprofit research group TRIP. Mr. Siegel brought up the problem of left turns. Here is Mr. Moretti’s response:

Care for You Launches New Web Site

Care for You is pleased to announce the launch of our new Web site. Established in 1996 and headquartered in Silver Spring, Maryland, the Company provides a wide range of home care, senior companion and family support services throughout the greater Washington, DC area. Over the years, the Company has established a reputation for “doing whatever it takes” to make it possible for people remain in their own home and maintain their independence as they age.

The Company’s Client Services start with Companions who perform basic chore and errand services such as cooking, cleaning, laundry, errands, and transportation. Services are available from a minimum of four hours per episode to 24/7/365 coverage.

Emergency Contact Information Benefits More Than Seniors

Last month, the  Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration (MVA) announced it has added an emergency contact option to Maryland driver’s licenses.

“Maryland drivers can now add three emergency contacts to their driver’s license so police will know who to call if an accident occurs. The emergency contact information is stored electronically on an individual’s driver’s license and will be available only to authorized law enforcement personnel. You can go to MVA’s website at www.mva.maryland.gov <http://www.mva.maryland.gov/>  and add your three emergency contacts in just a few minutes. Go to the website, click “On-line Transactions, then click “More” and then click “Emergency Contacts” to add your emergency contacts.”

Seniors’ Companions Make Travel Possible

Elders want to travel – to vacation, visit family and friends, fulfill a dream, go again to a place in memory. This may seem impossible or difficult at best. He’s blind. She has dementia. He has Alzheimer’s. She can’t go down the street without getting lost, how is she going to make it to the wedding 2,000 miles away?

Given, elder travel is different from the backpacking days of our youth, but it doesn’t have to be gone. Accompanied senior travel makes the world safer, larger, brighter, and a lot more fun for the individual.

Stay Healthy this Winter

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5 Ways to Stay Safe and Healthy this Winter

1. Stay hydrated.

Dry air and cold winds can really take it out of you, especially the elderly. Just because it’s not hot doesn’t mean it’s not dry. The onset of Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), depression, and forgetfulness can be minimized by maintaining the right equilibrium. Lots of fluids (not just water) and lots of colors. If you eat a colorful diet you are sure to get a lot of complimentary nutrients.

Universal Design Enhances Home Care for Seniors

Home care for seniors continues to become more popular than it was 10 years ago, let alone a generation ago. As assisted living costs increase, so does the desire of the elderly and disabled to reside in an independent living environment; to age in place in their own homes, not some retirement community. Non-medical home care costs have been in line with institutional care for some time now, so why don’t more families choose independent living over nursing homes and retirement communities? The answer in many cases is that their homes were not designed to be accessible to seniors, the frail, or persons with disabilities. Although Adaptive technologies to help senior citizens age in place are increasing every day, understanding universal design, or accessible design, means understanding our entire environment. Adaptive and assistive technologies inside the home are only the first part of the equation. The second part is our community, both physical and social.