Regional Workshop for Clinicians & Social Workers: Older & Medically At-Risk Drivers
Wednesday, March 15, 2017
12:00 pm – 2:00 pm (BYO lunch; dessert & water provided)
Meritus Medical Center
Suite #2950, Room #2948/49
11116 Medical Campus Rd, Hagerstown, MD 21742
Maryland Department of Transportation’s Motor Vehicle Administration (MVA) is hosting this workshop on older driver safety in collaboration with Meritus Health. Registration and professional development hours are FREE. Seating is limited, and you must RSVP by 3/1/17. Clinicians and social workers interested should register at http://www.mva.maryland.gov/safety/older/modss/clinicians.htm or contact Nanette Schieke at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
As age increases, older drivers experience multiple challenges on the road. The issue is not about being older, but the physical and cognitive issues with aging that impact fitness to drive safely. Clinicians play an integral role in recognizing at-risk drivers in your daily interaction regarding functional abilities with patients and clients. Discussions will focus on awareness of these unique challenges and risks faced by aging drivers; the significance of functional deficits that are likely to affect driving; identifying drivers who may be medically at-risk for unsafe driving; and understanding the MVA’s process of referral and evaluation for medical fitness to drive. Also, the workshop will consider local resources & tools for use in interacting with aging drivers and their caregivers.