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Duquesne Students to Help Seniors Drive More Safely

Duquesne University occupational therapy students will help older drivers adjust their cars' settings to improve their personal safety in an annual local program.

CarFit, an educational program created by the American Society on Aging and developed in partnership with AAA, AARP and the American Occupational Therapy Association, is intended to help older motorists find comfortable driving positions, see better through the rear window, and get in and out of cars more easily.

According to a CarFit study, more than one-third of the participants had at least one critical safety issue and one in 10 was too close to the steering wheel.

A proper “fit” to a car can greatly increase not only the driver’s safety, but also the safety of others, said Joy Lisak, the lead occupational therapist who is working with the Duquesne students for this event. The CarFit program is important, she said, especially as the older generation focuses on maintaining the highest levels of independence.

When:  Saturday, April 10, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Where: UPMC Passavant Hospital in the North Hills, 9100 Babcock Boulevard, Pittsburgh, 15237

Registration: To register for this free event, contact the Duquesne University Occupational Therapy Department, 412.396.5949.

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