Driving Transitions with Older Adults
Getting around—driving and not driving—is a major challenge for many older people, with the issue an important concern for their families and communities as well. Social service practitioners and others who work with older adults often are called upon to lead discussions on driving with elders and families and to facilitate assessment of driving skills, alterations of driving behavior or cessation of driving, and development of alternative transportation options. This course provides practitioners with the knowledge and skills to do so effectively. The course examines how visual, cognitive, and other functions that change with age can affect driving and how they can sometimes be mitigated by training or occupational and physical therapy. Relevant laws and resources are examined. The course provides screening tools, useful links, and video clips. (3 CEUs)
- Awareness of the basic issues that make driving challenging for older adults, pertinent traffic rules and regulations, and the psychosocial concerns related to driving and mobility in later life.
- Understanding of related concerns about personal rights, independence, and safety; the importance of mobility; and family and community perspectives.
- Skills and tools to identify potential driving-related problems, to facilitate discussions about driving decisions and development of realistic alternatives, and to obtain appropriate assessment and other interventions.