Elderly Behind the Wheel “Grimes drove through a red light. The car slammed into Katie Bolka, a seventeen year old high school junior who was driving to school to take an algebra test, five days later, Bolka died” (usatoday). The elderly are very independent, and they have a reason to be. The present day elderly have been through some of the hardest times of the American people; they have been through the ‘great depression’ and have fought in World War II. Although the elderlies have the right to drive, they should reconsider. Taking a license away from a veteran that failed their eye exam would probably not sit well. Although it is hard to except, this is what is best for the society. Growing old means, having mental health issues, physical health issues, and being much more fragile than they were at the age of eighteen. There is more elderly driving than ever before, because the baby boomers are now becoming elderly. According to Consumer Reports Magazine “Seventy eight percent of Americans seventy and older had drivers licenses in 2008. That’s up from seventy three percent in 1997. To keep our roads safe, and protect our love ones, it is very mandatory to have a second drivers test at the age of sixty five, unless a doctor recommends one even earlier. Some states have already enforced laws to retest the elderly more often. For example, in Rhode Island drivers over seventy have to renew their driver’s license every two years while the rest of the driving population has to renew their license every five years. Connecticut has including things such as only driving in daylight, only driving on roads that are not an access highway, only if vehicles have extra safety equipment, etc. Testing the new drivers is a smart decision which everyone would agree with, this is also how people need to treat the elderly. Even though they have been driving for longer and have more experience than the new drivers, are they really safer behind the wheel? When twenty eight states and the District of Columbia have made and passed laws in forcing better license renewal for the elderly, it is not a topic that should be avoided! As people get older things start not to work as well as they did before. Eyes stop focusing as well as they did, especially at night. Losing your eye sight is one of the most common signs of having to reconsider driving (aoa.org). This normal aging change in the eyes focusing ability, called presbyopia, will continue to progress over time. Loss of hearing is another health condition that affects most elderly drivers, beginning at the age of sixty. (nicdcd.nih.gov) One in three people older than sixty and half of those older than 85 have hearing loss. These are huge numbers considering that they take up about nine percent of the driving population. Signs of having to get checked early may be if you didn’t hear a car honking, or if you did not hear an emergency vehicle behind you that had their lights on. Many people also lose their memory which in some cases it is worse than others. Elderly often suffer from AL timer’s disease. Al timers are a disease that makes a person forgets what and who things are. If an elderly person doesn’t have family around there is no one to control their driving. This is dangerous because they could easily forget where they are going, how to get there, what exit to turn off on. Pains arise in everyone’s life but it is more common in people that’s bodies don’t work as well as others, the elderly. Most of the elderly people are on an abundance of pain medications and or health medications. Elderly most often take muscle relaxants, antidepressants, corticosteroids, over the counter analgesics, no steroidal ant inflammatory drugs, and opiates. These problems themselves could be a huge problem on the road, but the medicines they are prescribed probably are not much better. Older adults are at risk of inadequate pain management, with age related factors affecting pain management. Some
there traffic but also you are stuck behind the world’s most terrible, slow and inadequate driver known to man. Who do you blame for being late to work that morning? You would likely blame that specific driver! Now, when imagining that scenario, there could be a few drivers that come to mind. For me, one specific driver stands out far beyond the rest. It is none other than the dreaded senior citizen driver. So today, I am here to argue that seniors - over the age of 70 - should not be allowed to…
Facebook is one of many social networking sites created to keep friends in touch. Over the course of time Facebook has changed a lot. Facebook also is used by a number of businesses, organizations, and groups. Facebook has some positive and negative qualities replacing a lot of different websites with all of its many different things available to the consumer.
From a privacy perspective Facebook would deter a lot of people from wanting to establish an account. You really do not have a lot of…
gov, “In 2012 there were an estimated 9,754,000 vehicles involved in police-reported traffic crashes.” With most car insurances it doesn’t matter who causes the car accident, everyone involved has an increase rate on their insurance. This makes drivers not only reasonable for their driving but, others as well. To avoid accidents it always good to stay alert and double check blind spots. Another thing to be careful of is DUIs. According to thelawdictionary.com “ DUIs stay effect car insurance rates…
were of non-violating vehicles and the high rate of photographs was attributed to the improper placement of the loops, which caused left-turning vehicles to be photographed" ("Red-Light Camera Technology"). Unfortunately, red-light cameras cause drivers to panic slamming on breaks to prevent running through red lights causing more rear-end collisions. After much debate among citizens of Florida, driving vehicles over the white stop bar at traffic lights during a red light results in a fine sent in…
Real Estate Development for Empty Nesters / Active Adults
1. Key drivers that impacted projects immediately preceding great recession (20002007)
Market dominated by largescale communities 
golf courses, lots of amenities, general extravagance
seek “active leisure” to keep healthy and avoid negative stereotypes of aging
motivations to buy new home in active adult community: family/personal reasons,
January 9th, 2015
Road To Being A Safe Driver
There are all types of drivers on the streets today; from teenagers that just
achieved their G1, to the elderly that seem to be the only drivers acknowledging the
speed limit. Unfortunately, obtaining a driver's license does not always ensure common
sense and responsibility on the road. Therefore, safe and vigilant driving is crucial as
things can happen behind the wheel within a split second. Fastening the seatbelt…
“Worlds dumbest” show on T.V you always see that elderly person that accidentally forgets which pedal is the gas and which pedal is the brake and drives their car through the front of a gas station. What if I told a recent study conducted by Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh and the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety found that drivers 75-84 years of age have a fatality rate of 3 per every million miles driven (Just about the same amount as teen drivers). But once they get to 85 years old the vehicular…
community has a high number of elderly people as well as children, there is no park in this area. Local people need a safe space for walking, exercise and other outside activities. Without such a space, children develop the habit of watching television or playing computer games rather than getting healthy exercise. As a result, obesity is becoming a big issue for our community.
Furthermore, the local health care centre is also concerned that the rate of sick elderly people in our community…
Road rage is aggressive or angry behavior by a driver of an automobile or other motor vehicle. Such behavior might include rude gestures, verbal insults, deliberately driving in an unsafe or threatening manner, or making threats. Road rage can lead to altercations, assaults, and collisions which result in injuries and even deaths. It can be thought of as an extreme case of aggressive driving.
Society is moving at a faster pace now more than ever. It is possible the increased value of time is causing…
Preston Carter, 100 year old driver, injures 11 in Los Angeles accident.
A driver who will be 101 (http://abcnews.go.com/US/video/100-year-old-driver-hits-children-17113689) in
September backed out of a parking lot near an elementary school in Los Angeles, plowing into 11
people, including nine children. Fortunately no one died as a result of the incident on Wednesday, but it
highlights the challenge that aging drivers and their families face in deciding when it’s time to…