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SCF, Manatee-Sarasota OTA Program Brings CarFit to Bradenton

(Bradenton, Fla., March 23, 2017) — The Occupational Therapy Assistant Program at State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota (SCF) is teaming up with the South Bay Occupational Therapy Program to sponsor CarFit Check-up from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 2 at SCF Bradenton, 5840 26th St. W. Building 28. CarFit is designed to help senior drivers find a better “fit” with their cars for comfort and safety.

The national program developed by AAA, AARP and the American Occupational Therapy Association is designed to give a quick, yet comprehensive check on how well an older driver and their vehicle work together.  The check-up is free and takes about 20 minutes.

By 2030, there will be an estimated 58.9 million people age 65 and older, representing one in four licensed drivers.  “As we age, changes in our vision, flexibility, strength, range of motion and even size and height may make us less comfortable and reduce our control behind the wheel,” said Tammie Gursky, South Bay OT Forum spokesperson. “CarFit provides older adults with the tools to understand and apply the safety features of their cars.”

During the event, trained volunteers will complete a 12-point checklist with each driver, including:

  • Correct position of driver’s seat
  • Driver’s ability to easily reach pedals
  • Proper adjustment of mirrors

Occupational therapists also will be on hand to provide information to participants addressing individual needs, including local community resources on exercise, nutrition and other programs to help keep them safe on the road.

For more information or to schedule an appointment, contact Gursky at (941) 539-1129, or visit www.Car-Fit.org

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