Occupational therapists help area seniors get CarFit

 

Faculty and graduate students from UIndy’s School of Occupational Therapy took time away from text-books last fall to show older drivers how to stay safer on the road. The group performed CarFit checks at the annual Fall Health Festival hosted by Senior Promise, a Franciscan St. Francis Health program that offers services to people 50 and older.

CarFit is a national education program that helps older adults assess how well their personal vehicles fit their aging bodies. The basic checklist looks at 12 key areas, including the positioning of the seat, steering wheel, and mirrors. Jennifer Radloff, an assistant professor of Occupational Therapy at UIndy, is one of only three people in Indiana certified to coordinate CarFit events. The only certified instructor, she is authorized to train other coordinators.