Car Fit 10.17.13

Tampa Bay Times reporter Phil Morgan talking with NOVA Southeastern Occupational Therapist (OT) professor Dennis McCarthy, NOVA OT students helped with check ups.

Make Driving and Living at Home Safer and Easier with CarFit and Home Fit

When we think about being fit it is often related to taking care of our bodies.  But what about ensuring that the vehicles we drive and the house we live in are in working order as well? That is where AARP’s CarFit and Home Fit programs can help.

“CarFit,” which is co-sponsored by the American Automobile Association (AAA) and the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA),  is an educational program that allows older adults to check how well their personal vehicles “fit” them.  As part of CarFit, drivers receive a free evaluation of their vehicle. Trained volunteers identify ways to modify and adjust both vehicle instruments or driver behavior so people can drive more comfortably and safely. It also helps drivers learn how to use a host of new technology that is now in their vehicles. To find out more about the CarFit program visit www.car-fit.org

Once your vehicle is properly fitted for safe driving, it’s time to work on your home with AARP’s “Home Fit” program. AARP surveys show that nearly 90 percent of those age 45 and up want to remain in their current home and community for as long as possible. That is why AARP trained volunteers are here to help with tips on making the home more suitable for people’s individual needs as they age. Home modifications are especially important for those with physical disabilities. From widening doorways, adjusting shelves or rearranging furniture, AARP’s Home Fit  helps improve your home to meet your needs or those of aging loved ones.  For more information and a free “Home Fit Guide” visit www.aarp.org/livablecommunities

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