Toolkit looks at safe driving

Support our Seniors presents a new, research-based way of approaching driving safety and driving cessation in older adults.

Support our Seniors will present a new, research-based way of approaching the topic of driving safety and driving cessation in older adults at the May monthly meeting.

Alexandra (Sasha) Jouk, M.Sc., a doctoral student at UVic, who is working in Clinical Neuropsychology and The Centre for Aging will be our presenter.

She has developed a “toolkit” (titled Down the Road) that uses a DVD story to guide and assist family and caregivers in approaching the topic of driving safety and driving cessation. The DVD is applicable to all types of caregivers. The kit also includes a guidebook and information about community resources.

The toolkit was developed based on needs identified in interviews with informal (family and friends) and formal (medical providers)  caregivers of persons with dementia.

In the presentation, Sasha will briefly provide background about the toolkit, then walk audience members through the sections of the toolkit. Audience members will be asked to fill out brief questionnaires before and after the session to help evaluate the toolkit for research purposes. Hard copies of the toolkit will be available for participants.

SOS welcomes all seniors and people who care for and about them to attend this presentation. After our presentation we will have a break for refreshments and visiting, followed by our second hour, when we talk about ongoing SOS projects and issues of concern to seniors.

SOS meets Monday, May 5,  2-4 p.m., in the Lower Native Sons Hall. Free, but donations appreciated. For more information, call Jennifer 250-334-2321 or Sheila 250-335-2246.

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