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The Older Driver

presented by Nathalie Drouin, OTR/L, CDI, CDRS

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Satisfactory completion requirements: All disciplines must complete learning assessments to be awarded credit, no minimum score required unless otherwise specified within the course.

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Why do we address the older driver as a separate population of individuals with impairments that impact driving? New drivers tend to seek driver rehabilitation to determine if independent driving is a realistic goal. Often their parents ask the question so that they can plan for alternatives if driving is not a possibility. The older driver can be affected by a specific illness or injury, or may simply be affected by the cumulative effects of aging. Often, the older driver will not seek driver rehabilitation until they begin to exhibit behaviors that concern their friends or family. In this course, participants will learn to appreciate the effects of age-related changes and impairments that impact driving. Nathalie Drouin, OTR/L, CDI, CDRS, will demonstrate clinical and on-the-road assessments tailored for the driver with age related impairments.

Meet Your Instructor

Nathalie Drouin, OTR/L, CDI, CDRS

An Occupational Therapist for 16 years, Nathalie Drouin brings a wide range of experience to the field including acute care, pediatrics and geriatrics. For the past six years, she has worked in an outpatient setting while gaining almost three years' experience in the area of Driver Rehabilitation. Roger C. Peace Rehabilitation Hospital and Clemson University…

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Chapters & Learning Objectives

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1. Age-Related Impairments and Driving

In the first chapter of this course, participants will learn to appreciate the effects of age-related changes and impairments that impact driving and transportation. Nathalie Drouin, OTR/L, CDI, CDRS, conducts an interview with the son of a patient who has been having issues, and discusses warning signs. She also discusses older driver statistics, aging changes, and medical conditions.

2. Clinical Driving Evaluation

Nathalie Drouin, OTR/L, CDI, CDRS, discusses how clinical and on-the-road assessments are tailored for the driver with age-related impairments. She reviews the Clinical Driving Evaluation, and includes clinical demonstrations.

3. Occupational Therapy Assessments in the Clinical Setting

In Chapter 3 of this course, the participant will learn to identify assessments that can be used in the clinical setting. These include Driver Screening Assessments, Resources, and Driver Refresher courses. Nathalie Drouin, OTR/L, CDI, CDRS, presents case studies of the DHI and DORA clinically-based assessments.

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