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"AMERICAN MEDICAL ASSOCIATION (AMA) - OLDER DRIVER SAFETY" PROGRAM

WHATTraining and tools for doctors to assess the ability of senior drivers.
WHYSenior driver safety is a public health issue effecting not only the elderly but everyone on the road.
WHEREAging and Community Health Program.
American Medical Association. (AMA)


Program Description


"Motor vehicle injuries are a leading cause of injury-related deaths in senior drivers. Per mile driven, the fatality rate for drivers 85 years and older is nine times higher than the rate for drivers 25 to 69 years old."
source: ama-assn.org

Physicians play an important role in the senior driver safety and mobility. The AMA encourages physicians to make driver safety a routine part of their elderly patient visits and geriatric medical services.

Resources available to doctors to help senior drivers include:

Medical fitness to drive: Is your patient at risk? – A web-based educational course created by the American Medical Association (AMA) and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to help identify at-risk older drivers.

Physician's Guide to Assessing and Counseling Older Drivers - A guide developed by the AMA in cooperation with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to help doctors determine if elderly patients should continue to drive.

Topics include:

-Safety and the Older Driver with Functional of Medical Impairments
-Is the Elderly Patient at increased Risk for Unsafe Driving?
-Assessing Functional Abilities
-Physician Interventions
-The Driver Rehabilitation Specialist
-Counseling the Patient Who is No Longer Safe to Drive
-Ethical and Legal Responsibilities of the Physician
-State Licensing and Reporting Laws
-Medical Conditions and Medications That May Affect Driving
-Moving Beyond This Guide: Future Plans to Meet the Transportation Needs of Older Adult
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The AMA's "Aging and Community Health" Program also provides training for doctors in the areas of dementia and caregiving. The mission of the "Aging and Community Health" Program is to provide physicians with the resources needed by to improve their practice of geriatric medicine so that all seniors will have access to safe, individually appropriate, high-quality medical care.
source: ama-assn.org

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