Navigation Links
Safe Driving 'Prescription' for Senior Drivers
Date:9/12/2012

AURORA, Ill., Sept. 12, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- More than 80 percent of drivers age 65 and older regularly take medications, yet only half have talked to a medical professional about possible safety issues related to driving. With 10,000 Americans turning 65 every day, AAA today promotes Roadwise Rx, a first-of-its-kind tool to help seniors understand how medications may affect their ability to drive safely.

(Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20100506/AAACHILOGO)

Developed by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, Roadwise Rx is an online tool that details common side effects of prescription and over-the-counter medications. The tool generates personalized feedback on how medications, herbal supplements and foods, and their interactions with each other, can impact safety behind the wheel.  Drivers are encouraged to discuss the confidential results with their doctor or pharmacist to learn how to mitigate possible crash risks. 

"With seniors often visiting primary and specialty doctors regarding their different health care needs, it is important for each provider to know all medications being consumed," said Beth Mosher, director of public affairs for AAA Chicago. "Roadwise Rx lets users move beyond the old-fashioned 'brown bag' review with an easy way to virtually pool together their medications and talk to their doctors."

Due to chronic medical conditions, older adults often must take multiple medications.  Certain types of medications, like antidepressants, have been shown to increase crash risk by up to 41 percent.  Ingredients like Diphenhydramine, commonly found in over-the-counter cold and allergy medicines, can have the same effect on driving as being above the legal limit for blood alcohol concentration.   

"Earlier research by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety found that nearly one out of five older drivers use five or more prescription medications. With medical conditions typically on the rise as people age, and treatment often dependent on medicinal interventions, there was a critical need to develop a tool to help older drivers understand the safety risk," said AAA Foundation President and CEO Peter Kissinger. "Roadwise Rx is the only tool of its kind that looks at medications and associated driving hazards."

It is estimated that by 2020, just eight years from now, nearly one in six people will be age 65 or older and most of them will still be licensed to drive. As a leading road safety advocate for 110 years, AAA continues to provide expert advice and helpful resources for older adults and their families - working to support them as they tackle the challenge of balancing safety and mobility. SeniorDriving.AAA.com provides convenient, online access to a wealth of interactive resources including Roadwise Rx at no cost to all seniors and their families.

To view results from AAA's survey of older drivers, visit NewsRoom.AAA.com. For more information on AAA's free resources for senior drivers and their families, visit SeniorDriving.AAA.com.

The Auto Club Group (ACG) is the second largest AAA club in North America.  ACG and its affiliates provide membership, travel, insurance and financial services offerings to approximately 8.8 million members across 11 states and two U.S. territories including Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Michigan, Nebraska, North Dakota, Tennessee, Wisconsin, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands; most of Illinois, Minnesota; and a portion of Indiana.  ACG belongs to the national AAA federation with nearly 53 million members in the United States and Canada and whose mission includes protecting and advancing freedom of mobility and improving traffic safety.


'/>"/>
SOURCE AAA Chicago
Copyright©2012 PR Newswire.
All rights reserved

Related medicine technology :

1. Dallas Car Wreck Lawyer Discusses Serious Consequences of Driving While Under the Influence of Drugs
2. Eaton Scientific Announces Clinical Trial Plans for Tropine 3 - Company to Seek FDA Approval as Novel Prescription Drug for Non-Hormonal Treatment of Hot Flashes in Menopausal Women
3. Watson Applauds GPhA Study Demonstrating $1 Trillion in Prescription Drug Savings from Generic Medicines
4. New Study Finds Use of Generic Prescription Drugs Saved Consumers and the U.S. Health Care System $1 Trillion over Past Decade
5. Ranbaxy Commends New IMS Study Which Credits Generic Prescription Drugs With $1 Trillion Savings In U.S. Health Care Costs Over Past 10 Years
6. Protected Classes Prescription Drug Mandates Would Hike Small Business Costs, Drug Company Profits
7. President Obama Signs Landmark Accessible Prescription Drug Label Bill
8. New Video, Website Help Health Plan Sponsors, Patients and Policy Makers Maximize Prescription Drug Benefits, Reduce Wasteful Spending
9. Medbox, Inc. Weighs-in on FDA Evaluation of Prescription Medicine Dispensing Systems
10. Partnership Aims to Prevent Students from Misusing Prescription Drugs
11. American Society of Hematology Statement on House Passage of Prescription Drug User Fee Act (PDUFA)
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:2/27/2017)... , Feb. 27, 2017  Infinity Pharmaceuticals, Inc. ... the Cowen and Company 37 th Annual Healthcare ... ET in Boston, MA. A ... the Investors/Media section of Infinity,s website at www.infi.com ... the event. About Infinity,Infinity is an innovative ...
(Date:2/27/2017)... Leading Countries, Technologies and Companies ... grow at a CAGR of 8.9% from 2016-2021 and CAGR of ... CAGR of 9.1% from 2016 to 2027. The market is estimated ... ... Read on to discover how you can exploit the future ...
(Date:2/24/2017)... , Feb. 24, 2017  Today, exocad America ... labs have a new path to produce 510(K) ... Biodenta implant library integrated into exocad DentalCAD software. ... FDA compliant Good Manufacturing Processes (GMP,s) into their ... Biodenta, and complete an audit process. Then, dental labs ...
Breaking Medicine Technology:
(Date:2/27/2017)... ... 27, 2017 , ... This webinar , sponsored by ... tool to characterize particle size distributions in the field of geoscience and soil ... scientific findings. It describes methods of optimized and standardized sample collection, preparation and ...
(Date:2/27/2017)... San Francisco, CA (PRWEB) , ... February 27, ... ... Area center for hair transplantation therapy, is proud to announce a new informational ... popular hair therapy procedures. Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) hair transplant and Follicular Unit ...
(Date:2/26/2017)... ... February 26, 2017 , ... This is an ... world’s first to be ISO/IEC 17025:2005 INAB accredited for Der p 1 (house ... is the globally recognised standard that sets out requirements for the technical competence ...
(Date:2/26/2017)... (PRWEB) , ... February 26, 2017 , ... ODH, Inc.™ ... Care Summit, February 27-28 at the Sheraton Pentagon City Hotel in Arlington, VA. ODH’s ... PerformCARE to use behavioral health analytics to improve Medicaid population health management. , ODH ...
(Date:2/24/2017)... ... February 24, 2017 , ... Houston dentist ... his office, Antoine Dental Center. Currently, patients can get single dental implants for ... but patients can learn more about these offers by contacting Antoine Dental Center. ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):