April 4, 2007

Medications and motor vehicles don’t always mix, says BCAA

Burnaby, British Columbia – The Living Well, Driving Well mature drivers’ workshops presented by the British Columbia Automobile Association (BCAA) has been named the winner of the 2006 BC Medical Association’s Excellence in Health Promotion Award. The workshops focus on educating mature drivers about the effects of aging on driving, which may include taking medication.

Seniors are more likely to suffer from conditions that require medication and may need to take several prescription and non-prescription medications at the same time. Aging changes the body’s sensitivity to medication and some may cause drowsiness or disorientation, or can slow reaction times. Combining alcohol with medications can further reduce a person’s ability to drive safely.

The Living Well, Driving Well workshops are designed to allow seniors to make informed decisions about their driving as it relates to all aspects of their life and mobility, providing tips and strategies to improve driving.

For a list of workshops, which will take place between April 10 and April 27 in Langley, White Rock, Vancouver, Victoria, Penticton, Comox, North Vancouver, Salmon Arm, Sidney, Killarney and Surrey, visit MatureDrivers.ca.

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