Seniors’ Driving Assessment

May 14, 2012

For many older Americans, driving is the key to their independence.  But sometimes it is not always safe for people to operate a motor vehicle if they cannot maintain their skills behind the wheel.  In fact, they can not only be a danger to others, but their own wellbeing as well. 

On Tuesday, May 29, Tanya VanderBor, an occupational therapist at Bronson Battle Creek, will talk at Burnham Brook Center about the importance a driving assessment is for older drivers.  Her one-hour talk, which is free to the public, is sponsored through Senior Health Partners in coordination with Bronson Battle Creek.  A light lunch will be provided beginning at 11:30 a.m. followed by her presentation at noon.  Seating is limited.  For reservations call toll free 1-877-462-2247.

Making a decision to limit or stop driving privileges can be a difficult one.  It could be a result of physical impairments, mental frailties, or age-related conditions. The Bronson Battle Creek rehabilitation department offers a driving assessment and training program to help determine what limitations an individual may have and the steps required to assist them in returning to a safe driving status.

The program assessment includes visual acuity, driving perception, night visibility, memory evaluation, judgment review, and driving sign identification to mention a few topics. 

If you have concerns about your or a loved one’s capacity to drive, this program will be of great value to you.  

Senior Health Partners, a community partnership of Bronson Battle Creek, CentraCare, Region 3B Area Agency on Aging, and Summit Pointe, works to expand wellness and educational offerings to senior citizens in Calhoun and surrounding counties.  

Battle Creek Health System, now proudly serving southwest Michigan as Bronson Battle Creek, is a 218-bed hospital that provides full outpatient and inpatient acute care including robotic surgery, diagnostics, and rehabilitation services; 100% all private rooms.  It also offers world-class diagnostic capabilities including PET/CT imaging, freestanding ‘open’ and traditional MRI, CT (16- and 64-slice).  Bronson Battle Creek has been recognized nationally as one of the safest hospitals, and has been a leader in the development of electronic health records as evidenced by multiple honors as one of America’s ‘most wired’ and ‘most wireless’ hospitals. The Commission on Cancer of the American College of Surgeons recognizes the Bronson Battle Creek Cancer Care Center as a Community Comprehensive Cancer program, the only hospital in Michigan to receive that honor three times in a row. Specialty services include the county’s largest accredited sleep center and a wound-healing center with hyperbaric oxygen therapy.


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