Occupational Therapy Assistant Program at SCF to Offer CarFit

(Bradenton, Fla., April 14, 2016) —  The Occupational Therapy Assistant Program at State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota (SCF) and the South Bay Occupational Therapy Forum are teaming up at SCF Bradenton to help older drivers.

CarFit, a national program developed by AAA, AARP and the American Occupational Therapy Association, is designed to help senior drivers determine how their cars “fit” them. CarFit’s trained professionals will go through a 12-point checklist with older drivers and their vehicles, recommending minor adjustments to help make their car “fit” better for safety and comfort. Among the checks are the position of the driver’s seat, proper adjustment of mirrors and the driver’s ability to easily reach the car’s pedals.

By 2030, an estimated 58.9 million people age 65 and older will make up 25 percent of drivers. Personal mobility is critical for healthy aging, but as our bodies age, ill-fitting vehicles can make it uncomfortable and unsafe to drive. CarFit is a tool designed to help keep seniors safer behind the wheel.

This safety check will be offered free to seniors 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Sunday, April 24 at SCF Bradenton, 5840 26th St. W.

For information, call Ruth Rauch at 941-778-4991.

Page Edit