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Date:1/15/2010

olders over age 50. It showed that poor performance in brief computerized cognitive tasks (involving speed of processing, useful field of view and divided attention) was highly predictive of the three-year crash history of drivers.

Dr. Karlene Ball of the University of Alabama presented data from a randomized controlled trial of 2,812 people over age 65 showing that a computerized cognitive training program could cut at-fault crash risk in half after just 10 hours of training. The training also improves reaction time, increases stopping distance by 22 feet, and reducing dangerous driving maneuvers.

Dr. Jerri Edwards of the University of South Florida presented data showing that morbidity increases after driving cessation, independent of health condition. She also showed that the cognitive training program reduced driving cessation risk of those trained by 40 percent, allowing them to keep driving safely, longer.

The computerized assessments and exercises were developed and measured over the past decade with funding from the

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