'On the road 65Plus'

May 18, 2017

Federation Council will team up with health professionals to offer road safety information to community members who are 65 and over and their families.
‘On the road 65Plus’ is a free workshop that will offer advice and safety tips to help seniors make safer choices when driving, riding, walking or using a mobility scooter.
It will be held on Thursday, May 25 from 11am to 12.15pm at Corowa Memorial Hall, followed by a light lunch.
Federation Council Administrator Mike Eden said the workshop would focus on the changes to someone’s health as they age and how conditions such as vision impairment and dementia could affect people’s abilities as road users.
“The workshop includes checklists to help develop safer driving habits and make better choices when walking and crossing the road,” he said.
“The workshop will also explain the NSW older driver licensing system, including information for those who want to transition from full-time driving to other transport options.”
Mr Eden said other content included video animations that explained the top 10 misunderstood road rules and information regarding the use of mobility scooters.
“Whether you’re experiencing changes in your mobility or planning for the future, ‘On the road 65Plus’ will help residents make decisions about their own abilities and promote safety,” he said.
“It is designed to communicate to senior drivers what their options are.
“Like much of NSW, Federation Council has an ageing population with over 2900 people aged 65 and over, this equates to 23.9% of the Federation Council population.”
Mr Eden said making the decision to give up your licence was not an easy one and the workshop was designed to communicate to senior drivers and road users what their options were and strategies for staying safe, while maintaining their independence.
Visibility flags will be fitted to scooters and given away on the day.
To book your place at the forum, contact Federation Council’s Road Safety Officer Scott Landells by Monday, May 22 on 0481 267 269 or email [email protected]
This is a local government road safety program initiative supported by Roads and Maritime Services, Federation Council, Health One, Miegel’s Pharmacy, NSW Police, Aidacare and Marshall Batteries.

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