Websites with a variety of resources are provided here for your convenience:
When You Are Concerned
Older Drivers Handbook for families, friends and caregivers worried about the safety of an aging driver - authored by Phillip LePore, former Director of the Older Driver Assistance Project of the New York State Office for the Aging.
Resource Guide for Older Drivers
"Finding New Gears for Your Later Years" - Information and education to older drivers so they may remain safely behind the wheel.
Resource Guide for Caregivers
"Understanding and Helping an Older Driver" - Information and education for caregivers or anyone attempting to help an older driver.
Adapted Driving Program
A service provided by occupational therapists designed for individuals who have physical or cognitive problems that may affect their ability to drive safely. The Adapted Driving Program is available to licensed drivers who have suffered a neurological event such as a stroke, brain or spinal cord injury, MS, dementia or limb amputation. For information, call Helen Hayes Hospital at (845) 786-4306.
Program geared to ensure that drivers are still qualified to safely operate a vehicle - NYS Department of Motor Vehicles - Division of Driver Safety.
AAA Senior Driving
Educational program that offers older adults the opportunity to check how well their personal vehicles "fit" them. Check the "Older Drivers" link on the website to view an up-to-date listing of scheduled CarFit events in your area.
Driving is a critical part of our daily lives – our lifeline, ensuring we can pick up groceries, see our family, get to work and visit our doctors. However, according to National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, driver fatality rates in older drivers between the ages of 75 and 85+ is similar to those of 16 to 18 year old drivers. Various health conditions and declines in visual, thinking and physical abilities that occur with aging can affect driving ability; and if you take multiple medications to help those conditions, you could be putting yourself and others in danger.