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April 24, 2007

Center On Aging Web Site Lists Programs That Evaluate Older Drivers

When should an older person give up their car keys? The issues of safety and independence can make that decision difficult, and often emotional, for everyone involved. Now, the University of Iowa has an online resource available for Iowans who need to assess an older person's ability to drive.

The UI Center on Aging has created a Web site that identifies programs in Iowa that can evaluate driving performance. Issues addressed by these program include an individual's ability to continue to drive independently, whether an individual can become an independent driver, or if an individual needs adaptive equipment.

The Web site also provides links to other online resources offering information for older adults and their family and friends about driving independently. To visit the Web site, go to http://ww.centeronaging.uiowa.edu and click on the "Resources" link.

"In recent years there has been increased attention focused on older drivers' skills and how they are affected by physiological changes due to aging," said Lori Benz with the UI Center on Aging. "The new Web site fills an information gap by drawing together information about the various driving assessment programs that are available in Iowa into one centralized repository."

The UI Center on Aging fosters and supports interdisciplinary research, education and service throughout the campus and state to improve understanding of the aging process and the health and well being of older people. For more information, visit http://www.centeronaging.uiowa.edu.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa Health Science Relations, 5135 Westlawn, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-1178

CONTACT: Jennifer Brown, 319-335-9917 jennifer-l-brown@uiowa.edu