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'Get Up and Go' Older Adult Driving Expo

Event Date: 
June 3, 2015
Department: 
Human Services

Johnson County Human Services is partnering with Jewish Family Services and Americans For Older Driver Safety for an educational, informational event about older adult transportation on Wednesday, June 3. The “Get Up & Go: Older Adult Driving Expo” is for older adults and their families who want to learn how to continue to drive safely and what transportation options are available when they decide to "hang up the car keys”.

The expo will take place at the University of Kansas Edwards Campus, 12610 Quivira, in the Regnier Center, from 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. The free event will include a vendor fair with local transportation providers, advice and tips on older adult driving safety and self awareness. Connect with area transportation companies and learn how you can get up and go!

“There are different things to consider as an older adult driver and our keynote speaker will be addressing these various safety issues,” said Anna Collins, Catch a Ride Volunteer Coordinator. “Additionally, there is a great need for transportation for older adults and families of older adult members who are either no longer driving or who are considering to ‘retire’ from driving. This is a great opportunity for them become aware of the various transportation resources within our community.”

"We're excited to partner with Catch-a-Ride and AFODS 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.

At 9 a.m., keynote speaker Susan Cohen will give a presentation. Cohen co-founded Americans For Older Driver Safety (AFODS) with her husband, Mitchell Krasnopoler following the death of their adult son by an older adult driver. AFODS is focused on raising awareness and educating the public and professionals about driving as a necessary component of a full and rich life but a skill that can change due to the affects of aging and disease.

Cohen’s presentation will cover:

  • Maximizing safety through good driving habits
  • Understanding medical conditions that affect driving
  • Planning for and transitioning to “driving retirement”.

Cohen will provide those attending the Expo a complete set of booklets to help them make educated choices about their driving status and future behind the wheel.

The vendors planning to participate by sharing information on transportation include: The Rehabilitation Institute of Kansas City, University of Kansas Landon Center, MTM Inc., Olathe Transportation Services, City of Lenexa, Shepard Center Central, Shawnee Mission Medical Center, CarFit, 10/10 Taxi, Advance Suburban Taxi, AARP, Home Instead, Johnson County  Catch-a-Ride, JFS’ JET Express, and Americans For Older Driver Safety.

 For more information about the transportation expo, please contact Anna Collins, Catch-a-Ride Coordinator, 913-715-8900 or Anna.Collins@jocogov.org 

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