Ottawa, Ontario – A new Web site and a series of information brochures promoting safety for older drivers has been unveiled by the Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists (CAOT). The new measures are part of the National Blueprint for Injury Prevention in Older Drivers.

The information is available at OlderDriverSafety.

“Older adults want to maintain their mobility and continue driving for as long as possible,” said Dr. Claudia Von Zweck, executive director of CAOT. “To do so safely, they need information on strategies to improve their driving practices in relation to health and age.”

CAOT is working closely with a national advisory committee to help older drivers make informed decisions about when it is time to plan their driving retirement, enroll in a driver refresher course, or seek the help of an occupational therapists who can recommend adaptations to their vehicles.

The National Blueprint project was launched in February 2009 with partner McGill University and funded by the Public Health Agency of Canada. It provides a framework for steps to be taken to address the growing issue of older driver safety in Canada.

“The Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists is convinced that through proper testing, assessment and education, older drivers can drive longer and safer,” said Dr. Von Zweck. “For example, through the development of a driving retirement plan, an older driver can learn both how to prolong their safe driving practices and what alternative forms of transportation are available to them.”

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