May 12, 2016
SSU’s Masters of Occupational Therapy program partnered with Hill View Life Plan Community.
Shawnee State University’s Masters of Occupational Therapy program partnered up with Hill View Life Plan Community to host the spring CarFit event in April.
By teaming up with Hill View, it allowed more local seniors to have the opportunity to attend the event and discover their perfect “fit” for their vehicle.
CarFit is a national program developed by AAA, AARP and the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) partnership to help older drivers through a 12-point checklist with their vehicle that will help make their car “fit” better to their comfort and safety. By 2030, there will an expected one in four drivers to be a senior the age of 65 or older, and ill-fitting vehicles can make it uncomfortable and unsafe for older drivers. CarFit is a tool that can work to help keep seniors safer behind the wheel.
Trained professionals from CarFit and occupational therapists will be at the event to provide information to seniors on how to maintain and strengthen their driving health.
At the CarFit event, trained volunteers will check items such as the correct position of the driver’s seat, the driver’s ability to easily reach pedals and the proper adjustments of the mirrors.
For more information about CarFit events, please contact Dr. Christine Raber, MOT Professor at SSU, at firstname.lastname@example.org or at (740) 351-3530.