Driving Safety of the Older Adult


Duration: 30 minutes
Format: Video Stream & pdfs

Continuing Education Credits Available for the Following Disciplines:
Occupational Therapy (UIC ENGAGE-IL is an AOTA Approved Provider, #10173).
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Not all changes that occur with age indicate an individual is not able to drive.  Participate in this module to understand common reasons which warrant a recommendation for a comprehensive driving evaluation. Learn how to screen and assess older drivers at risk for unsafe driving, enhance older drivers’ driving safety and help older adults ease the transition to driving retirement.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this module, learners will be able to:

  1. Identify common reasons that warrant a recommendation for a comprehensive driving evaluation
  2. Review evidence-based screening and assessments that identify impairments which can put older adults at risk for unsafe driving
  3. Discuss interventions and remediation available for older adults to enhance their driving safety
  4. Recognize evidence-based recommendations to ease the transition to driving retirement

Assistant Professor of Occupational Therapy and Medicine
Program in Occupational Therapy
Washington University in St. Louis

Valerie Gruss PhD, APN, CNP-BC, FAAN
Clinical Assistant Professor
College of Nursing
Director, ENGAGE-IL
University of Illinois at Chicago

Authors’ Bios
Dr. Peggy P. Barco is an Assistant Professor at Washington University Medical School Program in Occupational Therapy and Department of Medicine (St. Louis). Dr. Barco, a seasoned driving rehabilitation specialist, is an investigator whose funded research and clinical interests focus on fitness to drive in at-risk medical populations As a clinician, researcher, and faculty member she is very aware of the current needs related to older drivers with cognitive impairment and focused on developing evidence based solutions to address the concerns.

Dr. Valerie Gruss is Clinical Assistant Professor in the UIC College of Nursing. She is a board-certified Nurse Practitioner with a broad range of clinical expertise and research experience working in primary care and with multidisciplinary teams in a variety of settings. Dr. Gruss’ position at UIC blends her roles as researcher, clinician and educator.

In 2015, Dr. Gruss was awarded a $2.5 million three year grant through the HRSA Geriatrics Workforce Enhancement Program (GWEP), to create an interprofessional education program for improving the care of older adults.  Additionally, $100,000 per year was awarded to Dr. Gruss’ research in Alzheimer’s and associated dementias. She and her team have launched a free mobile app, Dementia Guide Expert, available on iOS and Android. In 2016, Dr. Gruss was awarded the GAPNA “Excellence in Research Award”.

Dr. Gruss is clinical consultant/research collaborator on a Federal Demonstration Project for the State of Illinois, “Money Follows the Person”, which transitions eligible seniors out of nursing homes and back to the community. She was awarded the UIC College of Nursing’s ‘2010 Faculty Practice Award’ and was honored with the “Best Care Practices in the Geriatrics Continuum” award by the American Medical Directors Association, 2008.

Dr. Gruss teaches in the UIC College of Nursing graduate nursing program. In pursuit of changing current nursing education to a more interdisciplinary model, she jointly founded the “Collaborative for Excellence in Interprofessional Education”(CEIPE). This group of volunteer faculty represents over 10 disciplines, providing students with interprofessional immersion experiences. Dr. Gruss serves on the UIC Vice Chancellors’ IPE Steering Committee to move the UIC IPE strategic plan forward. In 2016 Dr. Gruss was awarded the UIC “Teaching Recognition Program Award”.

Memoona Hasnain MD, MHPE, PhD
Professor and Associate Department Head, Faculty Development & Research
College of Medicine,
Department of Family Medicine
Co-Director, ENGAGE-IL
University of Illinois at Chicago

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