Daytona State OTA Students to Help Mature Drivers Find ‘perfect fit’

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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Jan. 21, 2014) – Students in the Occupational Therapy Assistant program at Daytona State College will put their training into practice by participating in the Feb. 5 CarFit®  event – a unique program that offers older adults the opportunity to check how their personal cars “fit” them.

Created in 2005 by the American Society on Aging and developed in collaboration with AAA (American Automobile Association), AARP and the American Occupational Therapy Association, the CarFit® check takes approximately 20 minutes to complete and is designed to help older drivers find out how well they currently fit their personal vehicle. The program identifies actions drivers can take to improve their fit, and to promote conversations about driver safety and community mobility.

WHAT: CarFit®

WHEN: Wednesday, Feb. 5, from 9.30 to 11 a.m.

WHERE: Aberdeen at Ormond Beach Retirement Community, 50 Allwood Green Blvd., Ormond Beach, FL 32174

“Students will lead older drivers through a 12-point checklist with their vehicle,” said OTA Academic Clinical Coordinator Shirish Lala. “It’s a great opportunity for our students to work in the community, and each assessment concludes with recommendations for car adjustments and adaptations that could make the individual’s cars “fit” better or enhance their safety.”

According to the CarFit® website – – older drivers are often the safest drivers in that they are more likely to wear their seatbelts and less likely to speed or drink and drive. However, older drivers are more likely to be killed or seriously injured when a crash occurs due to the greater fragility of their aging bodies. Driver safety programs improve adult driver safety by addressing cognitive abilities and skills; however, older drivers can also improve their safety by ensuring their cars are properly adjusted for them. A proper fit in one’s car can greatly increase not only the driver’s safety but also the safety of others.

To register for the Feb. 5 CarFit® event visit or for additional information, call (386) 506-3850.

NOTE: Offering more than 100 certificate, associate and bachelor’s degree programs, Daytona State College has responded to the education and workforce training needs of Volusia and Flagler counties and beyond for more than 50 years. The college enrolls nearly 30,000 students a year at its seven instructional sites, with graduates serving in critical fields including health care, emergency services, business, education, hospitality, engineering, technology and more.

Daytona State has been recognized as a leader in higher education numerous times, most recently by U.S. News & World Report, which ranked the college among the Top 10 Best Online Bachelor’s Programs in the nation in 2014, for the second year running. In 2013 the U.S. Department of Education’s College Affordability and Transparency Center ranked DSC among the top 50 most affordable public four-year institutions in the country, with less than half the tuition of the national average. At the same time, Community College Week, a leading publication in higher education, featured the college in its list of Top 100 Associate Degree Producers.


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