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The Workbook for the Families of Older Drivers

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Are you worried about a loved-one’s age-related decline in driving abilities? Then Keeping Us Safe’s “The Workbook for the Families of Older Drivers” is for you! The workbook is very user-friendly and is designed to be worked in the privacy and comfort of the family’s home. … Read More

Technology and Driving with Dementia

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Listen in to the “Beyond Driving with Dignity” Show as host Matt Gurwell speaks with Michael Ellenbogen as he explains how he is leveraging new vehicle safety technologies to continue driving safely, despite a diagnosis of early dementia. … Read More

Identity Theft and the Older Driver

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Listen in to the “Beyond Driving with Dignity” Show as Matt Gurwell speaks with Attorney Yan Ross, Director of Special Projects for the Institute of Consumer Financial Education, about steps older drivers (and adults in general!) can take to mitigate their chances of becoming victims of identity theft. … Read More

The Storefront Safety Council

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Listen in to the “Beyond Driving with Dignity” Show as Matt Gurwell speaks with Robert Reiter, founder of the Storefront Safety Council, about how and why older drivers sometimes confuse the brake and gas pedals and end up running into storefronts, and how these types of crashes can be avoided. … Read More

Matt Gurwell Appears on the “Sparkcast” Show

Listen in as Matt Gurwell, retired Ohio State Trooper and founder of Keeping Us Safe, talks about the delicate and sensitive issue surrounding older drivers with diminished driving skills during an interview on The Whole Care Network’s SPARKCAST podcast.… Read More

Older Adults and the Silver Alert System

The Silver Alert system is a public notification system that broadcasts information about missing persons, especially seniors with Alzheimer’s Disease, dementia or other mental disabilities, in order to aid in their safe return. Read our full article titled Older Adults and the Silver Alert system. … Read More

Low Vision and Older Drivers

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Listen in to the “Beyond Driving with Dignity” Show as Deborah Kogler, owner of Magnifiers & More, discusses how a decline in vision can affect an older driver’s safe driving abilities in an episode titled “Low Vision and Older Drivers”. … Read More

The Role of Exercise in Older Driver Safety

A tremendous amount of research has been conducted recently highlighting the important role physical exercise plays in helping our aging population remain safe drivers. This article will explore the exciting relationship between physical activity and older driver safety. … Read More

Educational Programs to Help Older Drivers and Their Families Now Available to Texas Social Workers

Pursuant to the rules established by the Texas State Board of Social Worker Examiners, social workers licensed in the state of Texas are now eligible to earn Continuing Education Units (CEU’s) for attending and participating in Keeping Us Safe’s “Driving Under the Influence of Dementia” presentation.… Read More

Re-Engaging Worried Employees

The purpose of this article is to identify an issue that many of your employees are likely to experience throughout the course of their careers, and to offer employers a solution that will keep these valued employees from lapsing into a preventable state of distraction and worry in the first place. In other words, re-engaging worried employees! … Read More

Preventing Parking Lot Tragedies Involving Older Drivers

Parking lots are home to a flurry of activity in a relatively small amount of space. Add unique layouts, traffic patterns that vary by parking lot, bicyclist and pedestrian traffic, and it’s easy to see why so many accidents happen in parking lots. Personal injury attorneys often refer to parking lots as “accident magnets”.… Read More

Keeping Us Safe Honors “Retiring” Older Drivers

Keeping Us Safe, in conjunction with the City of Seven Hills, Ohio and the Parma Medical Center will be honoring several older adults who have voluntarily made the difficult (but correct) decision to “retire” from driving after their long and successful driving careers. … Read More

Ohio Resident Receives Keeping Us Safe’s RETIRED DRIVER TROPHY

Longtime Cincinnati area resident, Mary Ann Breeden, was presented with Keeping Us Safe’s “Retired Driver Trophy” in a ceremony held in her home. The award was presented to Breeden by Nancy Schuster, one of Keeping Us Safe’s Certified “Beyond Driving with Dignity” Professionals. The trophy was developed by Keeping Us Safe as a way to recognize and honor older adults that have made the difficult decision to retire from driving, based on diminishing driving skills.… Read More

Home for the Holidays; Is Mom Still a Safe Driver?

Many of us will be driving home this Thanksgiving to share a bountiful meal with family and friends. During this annual tradition, families travel from far and near to get together to enjoy turkey, pumpkin pie, parades and professional football. It has long been a time to give thanks for all that we have in our lives. … Read More

Keeping Us Safe Joins ‘The Whole Care Network’

Keeping Us Safe is proud to announce that they have joined The Whole Care Network. The Whole Care Network is a multi-media platform for caregivers (both professional and family) to locate and share trusted resources, take comfort and refuge through real-life stories, while being personally validated in their caregiving journey by those who understand.… Read More

Cleveland Area Business Adopts the “Beyond Driving with Dignity” Professional Certification Program

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Keeping Us Safe is pleased to announce that Cleveland area professional Denise Kennedy, RN, has successfully completed an intensive training program and is now certified as one of North America’s “Beyond Driving with Dignity” Professionals.… Read More

Cleveland Heights, Ohio Business Owner Joins Keeping Us Safe’s National Team

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Keeping Us Safe is proud to announce that Colleen Beard, Patient Advocate, has successfully completed an intensive training program and is now certified by Keeping Us Safe as one of the North America’s “Beyond Driving with Dignity” Professionals.… Read More

Michigan’s Driver Assessment Section Receives “Driving Under the Influence” Presentation

Keeping Us Safe is pleased to have been invited to present our nationally recognized “Driving Under the Influence of Dementia” continuing education presentation to a component of the Michigan Department of State’s Traffic Safety Programs Division. This 2-hour continuing education program was presented to the entire staff of Michigan’s ‘Driving Assessment Section’ on September 29, 2017, at the Horatio S. Earle Learning Center in Lansing, Michigan.

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Keeping Us Safe’s Services Now Available to Families in the Glens Falls, NY Area

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Having received this certification, Hildebrandt is now well-suited to provide senior drivers and their families with a very specific program that will help them make appropriate decisions on how to keep an aging loved-one safe on (or off) the road. Hildebrandt has joined the team at Trinity ElderCare, a geriatric care consulting and management organization that provides services to older adults and their families in Glens Falls and all of Upstate New York.

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A Brief History of the Original Automotive Crash Dummy; Meet Sierra Sam

The first crash test dummies may have been the best, most responsive, most lifelike dummies in history, because they were actual people…human volunteers, such as medical professionals and engineers. Believe this one or not, prior to the 1950’s, cadavers also served as early crash dummies. The good news was that this allowed injuries to be observed on real bodies, the bad news was that cadavers did not come in standard shapes, and in test crashes they don’t behave like the bodies of living, breathing human beings.

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Keeping Us Safe’s Services Now Available to Families in the Greater Metro Washington D.C. Area

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Having received this certification, Stegman is now well-suited to provide senior drivers and their families with a very specific program that will help them make appropriate decisions on how to keep an aging loved-one safe on (or off) the road. Stegman has joined the team at Senior Driving Solutions, an organization that provides services to aging drivers and their concerned families in Washington, DC and the surrounding areas in Maryland and Virginia.… Read More

Keeping Us Safe’s Services Now Available to Families in Hampton Roads Region of Virginia

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Keeping Us Safe’s “Beyond Driving with Dignity” professional certification program has been designed to equip Linda, Blake and other professionals throughout the United States with tools necessary to help older drivers and their families work through the complicated issue of age related diminished driving skills.… Read More

Falls and Older Driver Safety

Recent research has established a definite correlation between falls and older driver crash involvement. According to an article published by the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, older adults that have fallen two or more times in the previous year may be at a higher risk of being involved in an at-fault car crash.

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Home for Memorial Day Weekend; Is Mom Still a Safe Driver?

Memorial Day, an American holiday observed on the last Monday of May, honors men and women who died while serving in the U.S. military. Many Americans observe Memorial Day by visiting cemeteries or memorials, holding family gatherings, picnics and participating in parades. Unofficially, at least, it marks the beginning of summer.

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Airbags and Older Driver Safety

Look at any new car today and you’re likely to find an entire suite of airbags: frontal airbags, side torso airbags, side curtain airbags, roof, knee, rear curtain, rear center, seat cushion, front center, seatbelt, hood airbags, and others. Many newer vehicles even have rear-seat airbags and inflatable seatbelts.… Read More

Ohio State Highway Patrol Partners with Keeping Us Safe to Prevent Older Driver Tragedies

The Ohio State Highway Patrol is pleased to announce a new partnership with two organizations dedicated to keeping older drivers safe on the roads of the Mahoning Valley: SCOPE of Trumbull County (Senior Citizen’s Opportunity for Personal Endeavor) and Keeping Us Safe.… Read More

Retired Ohio State Trooper Continues to Contribute to National Highway Safety Initiatives

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Matt Gurwell, Founder & CEO of Keeping Us Safe, retired from the Ohio State Highway Patrol in 2005 as an Assistant District Commander. Gurwell explains that “On a daily basis, officers from across the country are faced with the challenges older drivers with diminishing skills can present. As a retired Trooper, I see this as one way Keeping us Safe can give back not only to law enforcement, but also to the communities they serve”.… Read More

The Vital Role Memory Plays in Older Driver Safety

In the family setting, the issue surrounding the important role memory plays in older driver safety is often understated or even overlooked altogether. For obvious reasons, when we discuss age-related diminished driving skills in older adults, we tend to focus on the physical attributes of safe driving (vision, reflexes, strength, flexibility, hearing, etc.), and may overlook the crucial role memory plays in keeping older drivers safe.… Read More

Keeping Us Safe’s Services Now Available to Families in Southeast Florida

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Keeping Us Safe is proud to announce that Christopher MacLellan, M.A., (Ft. Lauderdale) has successfully completed an intensive training program and is now certified as one of the North America’s “Beyond Driving with Dignity” Professionals. … Read More

Keeping Us Safe Founder to Speak at ‘2017 Michigan Traffic Safety Summit’

Keeping Us Safe is excited to announce that Matt Gurwell, founder of Keeping Us Safe, LLC., has been invited to speak at the 23rd Annual Michigan Traffic Safety Summit, scheduled for March 21-23, 2017, in East Lansing, Michigan. Keeping Us Safe is a national organization headquartered in Cleveland, Ohio, that provides services to the families of older drivers as they become concerned about an aging parent’s safe driving abilities. … Read More

Keeping Us Safe and GoGoGrandparent Partner to Help Keep Older Drivers Safe AND Independent

Keeping Us Safe is pleased to announce the development of a national partnership with GoGoGrandparent that will help older drivers that may be experiencing a diminishment in driving skills remain safe and independent at the same time. … Read More

Continuing Education Program Approved to Help Indiana’s Social Workers work with Older Drivers and Their Families

Keeping Us Safe is pleased to announce that their nationally-recognized educational program has been approved for Continuing Education credits (CEU’s) for social workers licensed in the state of Indiana. Following is a brief description of the presentation:… Read More

Drowsiness and the Older Driver

Drowsy driving can diminish a driver’s alertness, attention, reaction time, judgment and decision-making, which is sure to lead to a greater chance of an automobile crash. At its extreme, drowsy driving can even lead to the often fatal error of falling asleep at the wheel.… Read More

Brookdale Senior Living and Keeping Us Safe Have Partnered to Participate in the Valentine’s Day “Senior Luncheon”

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Keeping Us Safe is pleased to announce that they have partnered with Brookdale Senior Living of Mentor and will be participating together in the Valentine’s Day “Senior Luncheon”. The event is sponsored by The Wave radio station (FM-107.3) and will be held at the La Malfa Party Center in Mentor, Ohio, on February 14, 2017. … Read More

Prescription Cocktails and Older Drivers; Tips to Prevent Highway Tragedies

The purpose of this article is to discuss the role alcohol, prescription medications, the prescribing cascade and polypharmacy play in older driver safety. Our hopes are that by bringing additional awareness to these particular issues, at least one tragedy can be avoided somewhere down the road.… Read More

‘Keeping Us Safe’ Works With Law Enforcement in Miami County, Ohio, to Prevent Older Driver Tragedies

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Keeping Us Safe is pleased to announce a new partnership between its organization and the Ohio State Highway Patrol to help prevent older driver fatalities in the greater Miami County, Ohio area. The Piqua Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol will be sponsoring Keeping Us Safe’s “A Safe Drive Through the Aging Process” presentation at the Miami Co. YMCA. … Read More

Glaucoma and Older Driver Safety

Did you know that glaucoma is the leading cause of blindness in the United States? In its simplest terms, glaucoma is a disease that damages your eye’s optic nerve. Glaucoma is the source of several different vision problems, including (but not limited to) the loss of contrast sensitivity, problems with glare, and blurred vision.… Read More

Two Primary Components of Safe Driving for Older Adults

In America, driving an automobile is a symbol of freedom and independence. Research has shown that, if not handled properly, a loss of driving can lead to isolation and depression. It is important to remember that driving is a very complex task. As we continue our journey through the natural aging process, it becomes even more important that we remain cognizant of the fact that some of the skills required for safe driving may begin to diminish.… Read More

Older Drivers; Better Historians Than Visionaries

In an essay that recently appeared on the Huffington Post blog, the writer described the challenge he faced when trying to convince his 83-year-old father, afflicted with mild dementia and now a widower, to retire from driving. The adult child describes how several months of stressful dialogue on the subject were followed by his father’s failed driving assessment, and most recently, a very intense and emotional conversation between son and father, with dad’s final argument on the issue being a very sincere and frank “I don’t know why I can’t drive, I haven’t killed anybody yet.”

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