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Posted by Positive Aging SourceBook on 06/09/2022

Giving Up The Car Keys? Exploring All "Routes": As We Age


Join the team at The Driver Rehabilitation Center of Excellence for a deeper dive into navigating the conversation and driving process as we age to remain as safe and independent as possible behind the wheel and/or with the appropriate resources. 

  • Establish a baseline; what to look out for as a caregiver, loved one, individual or provider 
  • Utilize objective measurements to evaluate components necessary for remaining safe behind the wheel
  • Develop tailored plan of care and explore possible outcomes 
  • Education/Resources 

The Driver Rehabilitation Center of Excellence helps individuals find the best solution to meet their unique driving and community mobility needs. 

Driver Rehabilitation Center of Excellence, LLC, 14101 Parke Long Court, Suite E, Chantilly, VA 20151, DriverRehabCenter.com Office: 703-345-2990 ext. 1001  

  • Trista Windows - Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant and Driver Rehabilitation Specialist twindows@driverrehabcenter.com
  • Amanda Mendez - Occupational Therapy Assistant and Driving Rehab Specialist amendez@driverrehabcenter.com 

Powerpoint Presentation PP for DRCE- exploring all routes.pptx.pdf

Questions Asked

  • Referral fr dr for the person's current ability, is there also a DRCE report that goes back to doctor re: positive results or recommendations?
  • Do you offer any psychological counseling to clients whose licenses you have to take away?
  • How much do their services cost?
  • How can I find out if this service is in South Carolina where I live now. 
  • Someone believes their loved ones license has been suspended (based on dr's recommendation), but the loved one says they still have their license and can therefore drive.
  • Question, based on the situation above:  Can a someone find out if a loved ones license has been revoked/suspended (without the loved one knowing)?
  •  Have you had many people with Parkinson do drivers training with benefits?
  • When  someone is diagnosed with alzheimer’s do most states automatically pull their license…forever.  This happened to a friend of mine in Texas

Chat Transcript

I taught the AARP Smart Driver course in the Falls Church/McLean area for a number of years. One of the six units in the course covers the topic of options when driving is no longer possible. The speakers did mention the free online "We Need to Talk" seminar, which is produced by AARP and based on research by The Hartford and the MIT AgeLab. The website is:  www.aarp.org/weneedto talk.

The Smart Driver course curriculum has just been updated and we're gradually getting back to teaching in the classroom following the pandemic. The course is eight hours long and a car insurance discount is given.

12:07:59     From  Debra Hallisey : Deb Hallisey from NJ - www.advocateformomanddad.com

12:09:33     From  Rebecca Hickman   to   Hosts and panelists : Becky from Hagerstown, MD

12:10:08     From  Rich Carlson : When  someone is diagnosed with alzheimer’s do most states automatically pull their license…forever.  This happened to a friend of mine in Texas

12:11:00     From  Steve Gurney - ProAging Sourcebook : From Rebecca Hickman to All Panelists 12:09 PM

Becky from Hagerstown, MD

12:13:15     From  Janet Gritz   to   Hosts and panelists : Greetings to Krista from Janet Gritz.

12:17:45     From  Benita Lubic   to   Hosts and panelists : Note Yellow CAbs now offers a program.

12:17:50     From  Elizabeth Brett : Most counties have transportation services for older adults-check with your local Area Agency on Aging1

12:19:56     From  josefa domingos : Have you had many people with Parkinson do drivers training with benefits?

12:22:08     From  josefa domingos : thank you

12:26:49     From  Lindsey Vajpeyi : Hello from Lindsey at Insight Memory Care Center! This is such an important topic for families facing early stage dementia!

12:27:19     From  Pauline Watson : Thank you for this important information. as a senior still driving its a bit frighten to think of giving up my keys (lol) and I do have some of the "red flags" on the list . How can I find out if this service is in South Carolina where I lived now. Also Steve I attended one of your webinars on Decluttering/staging for relocation and I am Grateful for the information. It made my relocation from MD almost seamless. Thanks for providing   resources to us seniors

12:29:29     From  Mike Harrigan : Situation: Someone believes their loved ones license has been suspended (based on dr's recommendation), but the loved one says they still have their license and can therefore drive.

12:30:40     From  Mike Harrigan : Question, based on the situation above:  Can a someone find out if a loved ones license has been revoked/suspended (without the loved one knowing)?

12:32:06     From  Shelley Moskowitz   to   Hosts and panelists : I'm having trouble reading the slides with the dark background and black lettering. Is this a night driving test?

12:41:35     From  Janet Gritz   to   Hosts and panelists : Great job, Trista!

12:56:30     From  Elizabeth Brett : Excellent-thank you for this informative presentation.

12:56:32     From  Lilian Sy   to   Hosts and panelists : pls put back the phone & address of DRCE

12:57:03     From  Pat Beach : So very helpful and encouraging.  Many, many thanks.

13:02:56     From  Pamela Johnson : This was a great seminar!! Glad I have the information ahead of time to be ready to deal with a difficult conversation/situation like this.

13:03:44     From  Marcy Silver : Can we get a copy of the slides?

13:04:08     From  Tammy Phipps : Don't forget that licensing is controlled by each State and they are all different


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