Behavioral Scholar Jack Richman presents: Driving and the Elderly

2015 Behavioral Scholar in Residence Jack Richman, OD will host a panel with Amy E. Donabedian, Occupational Therapist at Spaulding Outpatient Center, Richard Laudon, OD, Coordinator of Vision Therapy Services, NEE, and Steve May, Lieutenant, Rowley Police Department. The lecture will take place on Thursday, March 26, 2015 from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm at New England College of Optometry in Lecture Hall 3, third floor, 424 Beacon Street Campus. Participants are eligible for two hours of MASS CE credits. Wine and cheese will be served.

Abstract

Driving is a complicated task. It requires people ​​to see and hear clearly; pay close attention to other cars, traffic signs and signals, and pedestrians; and react quickly to events. Age alone does not determine driving ability. However, for many people, a time will come when they must limit or stop driving, either temporarily or permanently. We will talk about this problem from a broad perspective ranging from law enforcement to the optometric and occupational therapi​​st view of the changes in elderly driver’s visual, cognitive, and physical abilities.