February is American Heart Month and a great time to think about your physical health. Did you know you may be able to improve your driving safety by taking care of your health? Vision, strength, flexibility, and agility are of critical importance when you are behind the wheel. So too, the medication that you are taking can have a significant impact on your driving skills. Here are a few tips to keep your physical health in tip-top shape to stay safe on the road.
One great idea to keep your car running in tip-top shape so that it keeps you as safe as possible is to create a vehicle maintenance log. Whether it's a low-tech notebook or an electronic spreadsheet, keeping an up-to-date vehicle maintenance log is also a smart way to trim the cost of keeping a car on the road.
A little more than three weeks into the New Year and many resolutions have been kept, while others may not have. If your resolutions involved exercise, here’s one more reason to keep your resolution. Exercising may help you be a safer driver.
As I mentioned in a recent blog post, The Hartford Center for Mature Market Excellence just conducted a new survey exploring family conversations about driving safety. As a group, older drivers are relatively safe. Experts attribute this to self-imposed limitations, such as driving fewer miles and avoiding night driving, rush-hour traffic and other difficult conditions. However, for some drivers, certain health conditions may impair their driving.
Families can play a very important role in supporting an older relative to drive safely for a lifetime, since they are more familiar with each other's health, driving habits and skills. As a group, older drivers are relatively safe; however, for some drivers, certain health conditions may impair their driving. Family members may notice changes in driving behavior long before a stranger or even a helpful professional would be able to do so. For family members to be supportive when it comes to driving safety, they need to be knowledgeable and sensitive to engage in a successful conversation. The Hartford Center for Mature Market Excellence just conducted a new survey exploring family conversations about driving safety.
Many families gather together this season for holiday festivities. Sometimes important topics are raised because of being together and sometimes such conversations are avoided due to emotions and relationships. One emotional topic some families may be facing is concern about an older relative’s driving. Just because your loved one is older, it doesn’t automatically mean you should be concerned about their ability to drive. Plenty of people at older ages get around just as safely as their younger counterparts. The Hartford Center for Mature Market Excellence just conducted a new survey exploring family conversations about driving safety.
With Thanksgiving just days away, and all of the December holidays approaching, families need to consider their loved ones that have Alzheimer's disease and the impact of the holiday events. Changes to daily routines, such as those for holidays and special events may cause some challenges for caregivers and people with Alzheimer’s. There are, however, ways to reduce the impact of these changes and enhance the enjoyable experience for all.
Halloween is next week. Are you a parent or a grandparent of one of the 41.2 million children ages 5-14 who will go trick-or-treating? Or are wearing a costume or attending a party? If so, check out these tips to keep yourself, your family, friends and guests safe.
Everyone should have a good idea about what they would do if faced with a disaster. So what’s different about disaster planning if you are providing care for someone with dementia?
Natural disasters don’t happen every day but, when they hit, the repercussions can be severe. Planning ahead, when possible, can make a difference, and the planning process doesn’t have to be difficult. It does take time – which most of us would prefer to spend on more pleasant activities. But the payoff in terms of life safety, reduced stress and a smoother recovery is well worth sacrificing a little free time.
Around the country, students of all ages have started a new school year. Maybe your child started school for the first time, or you’ve started a carpool with friends, or you’re driving your grandchild to and from school. For all of these reasons and more it’s good time to make sure you know the latest child safety seat recommendations and ensure that your child or grandchild is as safe as possible in your car.
Sunday, September 7 is Grandparents Day! Since it was first signed as a presidential proclamation in 1978 Grandparents Day is a great day for grandparents and grandchildren to celebrate their relationships. Spending time together, no matter what you do, is very special.
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For A Lifetime is a blog from The Hartford Center for Mature Market Excellence. Staffed by gerontologists, our center has conducted extensive research on driving, housing, and aging. We look forward to sharing our expertise with you and hearing your feedback.
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