Resources

​The following references and links are intended for informational purposes only.  The D.E.E.R. Program, the Carls Center for Clinical Care and Education, and Central Michigan University, do not endorse any listed products, services or third party content.

 

AAA Senior Driving Resources
A one-stop resource for senior drivers developed by AAA.

AAA Roadwise Review
A tool to help seniors drive safely longer that is a scientifically validated screening tool developed by AAA and noted transportation safety researchers.

American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA)
Information provided about driving evaluation and rehabilitation resources for professionals and older drivers.

Association for Driver Rehabilitation Specialists (ADED)
ADED is devoted primarily to the support of professionals working in the field of driver education and transportation equipment modification for persons with disabilities. The Association provides key components of education and information dissemination.

AARP Driver Safety Program
The Driver Safety Program is the nation's first and largest refresher course for drivers age 50 and older that has helped millions of drivers remain safe on today's roads. Michigan permits auto insurance companies to offer a discount to drivers over 50 years-of-age who successfully complete the course (check with your agent to see if your company offers this discount). The D.E.E.R. Center offers the Driver Safety Program several times a year at the Isabella County Commission on Aging (see link below). The course can also be taken on-line at the AARP web site.

Isabella County Commission on Aging
The Mission of the Isabella County Commission on Aging is to promote the health, independence and fulfillment of Older Adults through the coordination and provision of diverse services and opportunities.

Alzheimer's, Dementia, and Driving
Information about Alzheimer's disease and dementia, and how such degenerative diseases affect older person's ability to drive.

American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials
The goal of the Strategic Highway Safety Plan is to reduce the annual number of highway deaths and to do so cost effectively and in a manner acceptable to the general public. This reference reviews safety issues associated with older drivers that need to be specifically addressed.
 
Central Michigan University Audiology Clinic
The clinic provides hearing and balance diagnostics; hearing aid sales, service and repair for all makes of hearing aids; digital, programmable, and conventional hearing aids, assistive listening devices, and cochlear implants; and audiologic rehabilitation, speech-language therapy, and psychological counseling.
 
Central Michigan University Fall and Balance Clinic
The clinic provides hearing and balance diagnostics; vestibular testing; vestibular rehabilitation; and audiologic rehabilitation, speech-language therapy, physical therapy, nutrition screening, medication screening, medical assessment, and psychological counseling.
 
Bureau of Transportation Statistics
BTD is a statistical agency established for data collection, analysis, reporting, and to ensure the most cost-effective use of transportation-monitoring resources.
 
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
The CDC and Prevention's National Center for Injury Prevention and Control Older Adult Drivers webpage contains older driver facts, occurrences risk and protective factors of senior drivers.

Community Transportation Association
CTA, a professional membership association of organizations, is committed to removing barriers to isolation and to improving mobility for all people.

Driving Rehabilitation Agencies in Michigan
This resource list was compiled through the Michigan Department of Community Health, Lansing, MI.
 
ElderCare Locator
A public service of the U.S. Administration on Aging. The service links those who need assistance with state and local area agencies on aging and community-based organizations that serve older adults and their caregivers.
 
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety
The IHHS is a nonprofit research and communications organization funded by auto insurers. The Institute's research focuses on countermeasures aimed at all three factors in motor vehicle crashes (human, vehicular, and environmental) and on interventions that can occur before, during, and after crashes to reduce losses.
 
Michigan Center for Advancing Safe Transportation throughout the Lifespan (M-CASTL)
The M-CASTL will strive to advance expertise and US technology in the many disciplines comprising the safety and mobility of both young people and older adults.
 
Michigan Disability Resources
This website is devoted specially to the interests, concerns, and needs of Michiganians with disabilities.
 
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
NHTSA, under the U.S. Department of Transportation, is responsible for reducing deaths, injuries and economic losses resulting from motor vehicle crashes. This is accomplished by setting and enforcing safety performance standards for motor vehicles and motor vehicle equipment, and through grants to state and local governments to enable them to conduct effective local highway safety programs. It also conducts research on driver behavior and traffic safety, to develop the most efficient and effective means of bringing about safety improvements. The Model Driver Screening and Evaluation Program  is a three-volume document describing a model for new driver screening and evaluation program for older people.

N​ational Institute on Aging
The National Institute on Aging provides statistics, information on senior driving, health, research and links to other resources on aging.
 
Physician's Guide to Assessing and Counseling Older Drivers
THIS IS A MUST READ FOR PROVIDERS.  These guidelines help physicians to medically assess the ability of older drivers to continue driving. This resource, developed by the AMA in cooperation with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, includes current screening laws and regulations from all 50 states (May 2003) as well as a comprehensive list of diseases which may impair driving.
 
 
Safety Tips for Older Drivers
Taxicab, Limousine and Paratransit Association
TLPA is a non-profit trade association of and for the private passenger transportation industry. Its extensive membership spans the globe to include 1,100 taxicab companies, executive sedan and limousine services, airport shuttle fleets, non-emergency medical transportation companies, and paratransit services.
 
Transportation Research Board
TRB, a unit of the National Research Council, is the principal operating agency of the National Academy of Sciences and the National Academy of Engineering. The Board's mission is to promote innovation and progress in transportation by stimulating research and facilitating information dissemination.
 
University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute
UMTRI is is committed to interdisciplinary research that will ultimately increase driving safety and further transportation systems knowledge. They have produced a number of helpful publications for senior drivers, especially the Driving Decisions Workbook.
 
USA.gov for Seniors
This site provides valuable health and security information and services, at one location via the Internet.
 
 
Compiled by:
 
Richard W. Backs, Ph.D.
D.E.E.R. Center Director
Central Michigan University
Department of Psychology
2180 Health Professions Building
Mount Pleasant, MI 48859
Telephone: 989-774-6497
Email: backs1rw@cmich.edu