On the road 65Plus – safety and independence

By Corowa Free Press

Federation Council is set to team up with health professionals to offer road safety information to community members who are 65 and over and their families. 

On the road 65Plus is a free forum offering advice and safety tips to help seniors make safer choices when driving, riding, walking or using a mobility scooter. 

This forum will be held this Thursday, May 15 from 11am – 12:30pm at Corowa Memorial Hall followed by a light lunch. 

Federation Council Mayor Pat Bourke said during the workshop participants will discuss profiling in respect to the changes to peoples’ health as we age, and how conditions such as vision impairment and dementia can affect our abilities as road users. 

“The workshop includes checklists to help develop safer driving habits and make better choices when walking and crossing the road,” he said. 

“We also explain the NSW older driver licensing system, including information for those who want to transition from full-time driving to other transport options. Other content includes video animations that explain the Top 10 misunderstood road rules, and information regarding the use of mobility scooters. 

“Whether you’re experiencing changes in your mobility or planning for the future, On the road 65Plus will help you make decisions about your own abilities and promote your safety. It is designed to communicate to senior drivers what their options are,” Mayor Bourke said. 

Like much of NSW, Federation Council had an ageing population with 3375 people aged 65 and over at the 2016 Census. This equates to 27.4% of the Federation Council population, an increase of 3.5% for the same age group at the 2011 Census. 

Making the decision to give up your licence can be difficult. This workshop is designed to communicate to older drivers and road users what their options are and strategies for staying safe, while maintaining their independence. 

To book your place at the forum, contact council’s road safety officer Scott Landells on 0481 267 269 or via email to [email protected]

On the road 65Plus is a local government road safety program initiative supported by NSW Roads and Maritime Services, Federation Council, Health One, Miegel’s Pharmacy, NSW Police and Aidacare.