Older drivers should be aware of their limitations

5/7/2013

It's important for drivers who have celebrated many birthdays to be aware of any physical limitations that might affect driving skills.

It's important for drivers who have celebrated many birthdays to be aware of any physical limitations that might affect driving skills.

Older drivers have a lifetime of on-the-road experience, yet, it's smart to ask yourself from time to time whether you're still practicing safe driving habits and what you might do to improve your driving skills.

This quiz can help you think about your driving skills and limits. Take this test, and then read the suggestions below about what you can do to improve your safe driving.

1) Do you have trouble reading street signs or markings?

2) Has a friend or family member expressed concern about your driving?

3) Has your doctor advised you to limit driving for health reasons?

4) Have you been pulled over by a police officer and warned about poor driving habits?

5) Have you been stopped by the police or had crashes or near misses in the last three years?

6) Do you sometimes get lost on familiar routes?

7) Do your thoughts wander when you drive? Do you become confused or angry?

8) Do other drivers honk at you frequently?

9) Do cars or pedestrians seem to appear out of nowhere?

10) Do you have trouble looking over your shoulder or moving your foot between the gas and brake pedals?

The good news: According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration the rate of crashes involving older drivers has declined in recent years. This is due to better health, better roads and safer cars. And seniors have fewer injuries than in the past.

Next week this column will cover some suggestions for senior drivers from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and AARP.

Memorial luncheon

Tickets are available for our annual Memorial sponsored luncheon. Join us at noon Thursday, May 23, for a free meal of porcupine meatballs, scalloped potatoes, broccoli and blueberry dessert. Tickets are required, so stop by the senior center office to get your ticket.

Estate planning

Needing a will or other estate plan? The Western Kansas Community Foundation offers this service by appointment with John W. Griffin, estate planner. Griffin is in Garden City once a month and will offer advice on wills, revocable trusts, durable powers of attorney and other planning documents. Call the Western Kansas Community Foundation at 271-9484 to schedule an appointment with Griffin.

Thanks for help

Many thanks to the volunteers who delivered Meals on Wheels last week. Are you interested in helping with Meals on Wheels? Substitute drivers are always needed. If you would like to help, call Patti at 272-3620 or 260-6282.

Scheduled activities

Thursday, the TOPS Club will meet at 9 a.m., followed by art class at 10 a.m. Gentle exercises start at 11 a.m. The Ambassador Singers practice at 1 p.m. Skip-Bo begins at 1 p.m. Join us at 2 p.m. for a special Mother's Day Picture Bingo and Tea. Zumba begins at 5:30 p.m. Yoga begins at 6:30 p.m.

Friday, the day begins with line dancing at 8:30 a.m. Craft Shop check-in/out is from 10 a.m. to noon. A nurse from St. Catherine Hospital will be here from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Bridge starts at 12:45 p.m.

Saturday, the pool room is open from 1 to 4 p.m.

Sunday is Mother's Day. Best wishes to all mothers today.

Monday begins with walking at 8:30 a.m. Double pinochle begins at 12:30 p.m. Zumba starts at 5:30 p.m. Duplicate bridge starts at 7 p.m.

Tuesday has USDA commodities at 10 a.m. Income guidelines apply. Call 272-3620 for more information. Gentle exercises begin at 11 a.m. Pitch starts at 12:30 p.m. Bridge begins at 1:15 p.m.

May 15 has line dancing at 8:30 a.m. Legal aid appointments begin at 10 a.m. Pinochle starts at 12:40 p.m. The regular Wednesday night dance featuring Bob Walter begins at 7:30 p.m. The recommended donation is $5.

Lunch menus

Lunch is served at noon.

Thursday: Chicken and noodles, mashed potatoes, broccoli, apple slices, wheat roll.

Friday: Chili or beef stew, tossed salad, apricots, cinnamon roll.

Monday: Salisbury steak, creamed peas, Brussels sprouts, mixed fruit, wheat bread.

Tuesday: Oven-fried chicken, potatoes and gravy, beets, mandarin oranges, wheat roll.

May 15: Beef stroganoff with noodles, spinach, angel food cake with strawberries, wheat roll.

Celebrating 35 years at the Senior Center of Finney County. Check out our website at www.seniorcenterfc.com.

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