UF to offer free vehicle checks for older drivers

Published: October 16th, 2017

Category: Archived Features, Current

The University of Florida department of occupational therapy will offer CarFit, a free national program, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 24, at the Senior Recreation Center, 5701 NW 34th St. in Gainesville. CarFit is designed to help older drivers fit more comfortably and safely in their vehicles.

Trained occupational therapy students will lead drivers through a 12-point checklist with their vehicles, recommend personal vehicle adjustments and adaptations and offer community resources and activities that could make personal vehicles “fit” better or enhance drivers’ safety. An occupational therapist will be on hand to provide information on how to maintain and strengthen driving health.

Interested participants are asked to call Linda Struckmeyer, Ph.D., at 352-273-6817 or email lstruckmeyer@ph​hp.ufl.edu to schedule an appointment. All ages are welcome.

Supporting sponsorship of CarFit is provided by the UF department of occupational therapy at the College of Public Health and Health Professions. National sponsors include the American Society on Aging, the AARP, AAA and the American Occupational Therapy Association.