January 16, 2004

Senior Drivers: Safety Versus Freedom

Town Hall Meeting to Address Critical Issues for Older Drivers

“Older Adults: Staying Safe on the Road” is the topic of a free town hall meeting on January 19, 2003, from 4:00 pm to 6:00pm at Scripps Mercy Hospital West Auditorium, 4077 Fifth Avenue in San Diego. Co-sponsored by ScrippsHealth and the Epilepsy Foundation of San Diego County, this informative meeting is open to the public and will include a discussion of the recent Santa Monica “Farmers Market” disaster and the resulting outcry for increased regulation of older drivers.

Many health conditions affect driving safety, including epilepsy, stroke, Alzheimer’s Disease, heart disease and normal aging. At this town hall meeting, national and state experts will discuss health and safety issues impacting driving safety. Attendees will be encouraged to voice their concerns and opinions.

Featured speakers are James Santiago Grisolia, M.D. (Chair, Health Services Workshop, Older Californian Traffic Safety Taskforce; Chair, Department of Medicine, Scripps Mercy Hospital; Chair, Advocacy Committee, Epilepsy Foundation—Washington D.C.) and Patti Yanochko (Coordinator, San Diego State University’s Center for Injury Prevention Policy and Practice, Older Californian Traffic Safety Task Force).

Topics include “Preserving Your Independence and Safety: What’s New at the DMV;” Health and Safety Tips for Older Drivers and Pedestrians; Preserving Freedom & Safety; and the recent Santa Monica “Farmers Market” disaster.

Last summer, an 86-year old driver plowed through the Santa Monica “Farmers Market,” killing 10 and injuring many dozens. Immediately following the tragedy, state lawmakers and the head of the California Highway Patrol called for increased testing and scrutiny of elderly drivers. This issue remains hot in the California legislature, and public interest regarding older drivers and safety issues is at an all-time high.

Advance registration for this town hall meeting is recommended. Please call (619) 686-4171 to reserve a space or for more information. Light refreshments and beverages will be provided.

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