Our Maine Street's Aroostook Issue 24 : Spring 2015 - Page 80

take good care of your health and driving is one of them. Exercising (physical and mental), getting enough sleep, and eating nutritious foods can all help you sustain the flexibility, stamina, strength, and coordination it takes to be a safe driver. Also, ask your doctor or pharmacist if any of your medications might affect your driving. Have regular eye tests, hearing screenings, and physical exams too. • Take a refresher course. There are online and classroom options to help you brush up on your driving skills and road safety rules. As an added benefit, many of these programs offer a discount on auto insurance to those who complete the course. • Get advice. Don’t be afraid to talk to your family, medical provider, or law enforcement officers about changes in your driving ability or concerns about getting behind the wheel. Doing so doesn’t automatically mean you’ll have to give up your license. Be open minded about when, where, and how you drive as you age. There are many things you can do to safely continue driving well beyond age 65. For example, a simple vehicle modification might be all it takes to make it easier to steer or operate the foot pedals. The bottom line is that driving is a huge responsibility no matter your age. When you’re at the helm with two tons of vehicle underneath you, safety must be your primary concern for your wellbeing and for the protection of everyone on our roads and sidewalks. But don’t let all the terrifying statistics keep you from enjoying your time behind the wheel. With driving comes opportunity - a chance to visit amazing places beyond where your feet can take you…or to just get to work in the next town over. So when you get behind the wheel, have fun, be safe, and give a wave if you see me working on my bucket list out on Interstate 80. Sources: Center for Disease Control and Prevention, “Older Adult Driver: Get the Facts” Drive-Safely.net, “The Cold Hard Facts About the Dangers of Driving” by Mike Rogers TeenDriverSource.org, “Facts About Teen Driving” Autos.com, “Car Crash Statistics” HowStuffWorks.com, “Top 10 Safe Driving Tips” HelpGuide.org “Age and Driving” Healthy You is a free community program from Cary Medical Center that addresses your overall wellbeing including physical, mental, emotional, social, and spiritual health. For program information or calendar of events, go to www.carymedicalcenter.org or call Cary Medical Center’s Public Relations Department at 207.498.1361. Disclaimer: The information presented in this article is not a substitute for professional medical advice. Please consult your healthcare provider for health questions and recommendations specific to you. 78 SPRING 2015 Cary Medical Center and the Fort Fairfield Chamber of Commerce are hosting a Senior Driving Expo on Friday, May 15, 2015 from 9:00 AM - noon at the Fort Fairfield Community Center. Stop by this FREE event featuring informational displays, presentations, vision and hearing screenings, brake reaction time testing, demonstrations, food, prizes, and more. In conjunction with the Expo, an AAA Roadwise Class will be offered; those who complete the class may be eligible for auto insurance discounts. For more information, contact Cary Public Relations at 207.498.1361.