Johnson County Human Services has partnered with Jewish Family Services of Greater Kansas City, and Americans for Older Driver Safety to present the 2nd Annual ‘Get Up and Transportation Expo on Wednesday June 8th. The Expo is targeted for older adults, caregivers, and those who want to learn more about driver safely, driver evaluations, and transportation options available in the community. Additionally, the Expo will include rehabilitation vehicles, which include adaptive technologies for older adults to drive comfortably and safely, to view on-site.
The free education Expo will take place at the Jewish Community Center, 5801 W. 115th St, Overland Park, KS, in the White Theatre, from 8:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m, no registration required. The Expo opens at 8:00 am with a continental breakfast provided by the Rehabilitation Institute of Kansas City and Shawnee Mission Health.
“There are different things to consider as an older adult driver and our keynote speakers will be addressing these various safety issues,” said Anna Collins, Johnson County Human Services- Catch a Ride Volunteer Coordinator. “Additionally, there is a rise in transportation needs for older adults and families of older adult members who are either no longer driving or who are considering ‘retiring’ from driving. This is a great opportunity for them to become aware of the various transportation resources within our community.”
The Expo will feature a keynote presentation entitled ‘The Road to Independence’ including two industry professionals, Annette Maggard-Lewer MOT,OTR, CDRS, Rehabilitation Institute of Kansas City, and Kristin Nichols, OTR/L, SCDCM, CDRS, Shawnee Mission Health Driving Program. The presentation will include information regarding 1) options and activities to help older adults stay healthy and continue to drive, 2) understanding the components of a driver evaluation, 3) tools and resources to assist in navigating driving and aging decisions, and 4) adaptive equipment for vehicles.
"We're excited to partner again with Catch-a-Ride and Americans for Older Driver Safety on the Get Up and Go, Older Adult Driving Expo," said Dawn Staton, JFS Director of Older Adult Initiatives. "All three agencies believe in providing necessary services and education to older adults to keep them safe and independent. The Expo will provide attendees with in-depth and practical ways for older adults to continue driving, safety and transportation resources and services for when an older adult needs to retire from driving,” Staton said.
This year’s Expo will include a larger vendor fair than last year’s event including local transportation providers, medical supply companies, and driver rehabilitation programs. Expo vendors include: Johnson County Human Services Catch-a-Ride, Jewish Family Services JET Express, Rehabilitation Institute of Kansas City, Shawnee Mission Health, American’s for Older Driver Safety, 10/10 Taxi, AARP Smart Driver Program, Home Instead, Get-a-Lift, City of Shawnee City Ride, KC Home Medical, and many more.
For more information about the Get Up and Go, Older Adult Transportation Expo, please contact Brandy Hodge, Johnson County Human Services Community Relations Manager, at (913) 715-8866.