Unique Program Developed to Help Worried Employees Return to Productive, Engaged and Focused Workplace Contributors

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The Purpose

The purpose of this article is to identify an issue that many of your employees are likely to experience throughout the course of their careers, and to offer employers a solution that will keep these valued employees from lapsing into a preventable state of distraction and worry in the first place.

It has been well documented that if employee problems are left un-addressed, they will ultimately have a negative impact on the organization’s bottom line.  According to a 2013 Gallop report, ‘active disengagement’ by employees costs United States employers an estimated $550 billion annually.  Combine this with the fact that an average of 15 people ages 65+ die in car accidents every day in the United States, and you now have a potential new problem in the workplace.

Earlier this year, Caring.com conducted a nationwide survey that showed a whopping 60% of family caregivers say their caregiving duties have a negative effect on their job.  In a similar study, MetLife reports that employees who are also caregivers cost employers at least 8% more in healthcare costs.  These same caregivers are often faced with the issue of worrying about mom or dad’s safety as drivers, which establishes the premise of this article.

The Problem

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that on average, we out live our safe driving years by 7-10 years.  For those of us still in the work force, that means there may very well come a day when we become concerned about a loved one’s safe driving abilities.  In its early days, those initial concerns are very manageable and will likely require no outside assistance.  However, if left unaddressed, those initial ‘concerns’ can easily morph into a deeper rooted worry or even fear, which is sure to erode the employee’s well-being and otherwise high level of productivity.

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To add to the complexity of the problem, the issue of taking the keys away from a parent has been known to divide entire families.  Adult siblings, otherwise close to each other their entire lives, can end up at war with each other (and/or with their parents) on how best to address the driving issue.  Imagine the stress this is likely to cause for an otherwise very productive employee.  In some cases, if not handled properly, this family issue can even result in tragedy.

One must wonder how many employees lost work time as a result of these preventable tragedies:

  • “Elderly man runs over, drags and kills woman at Costco gas station”, KTAR News,       Scottsdale, AZ
  • “Two 6-year-olds pinned against Walgreen’s wall by elderly driver”, ABC News, San     Francisco, CA
  • “Man, 77, crashes car into Maryland Sam’s Club; bystander needs amputation”, The     Huffington Post, New York, NY

The list of people adversely affected by any one of these completely avoidable tragedies is infinitely long.  Many lives have been affected…forever.  The short list of affected employees includes immediate family members of the older driver and the victims, extended family members, witnesses, property owners, neighbors, etc.

Imagine for a moment how heavy the hearts were of any adult children from the above tragedies when they finally returned to work.  Sadly, the employee may struggle, sometimes for the rest of their lives, with a sense of ‘I should have done more to get mom to quit driving.’

The Solution

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The sole mission and purpose of Keeping Us Safe and our “Beyond Driving with Dignity” program is to work with families to help older drivers with diminished driving skills make a smooth transition from the driver’s seat to the passenger seat before tragedy strikes.

Keeping Us Safe’s self-assessment program for older drivers is an early intervention program, designed (in part) to relieve a valued employee’s distress surrounding an elderly parent’s driving.

Having taken appropriate and effective action through timely use of the “Beyond Driving with Dignity” program, employees will no longer obsessively dwell on the driving safety of mom or dad. Your valued employees will be able to focus on organizational goals and job responsibilities and will not be distracted by concerns over their loved one’s safety and the risk they might be posing to others.  Bringing a peaceful resolve to the senior’s driving issue will surely bring the worried employee’s concentration, focus and organizational skills back to the expected level of performance.

Conclusion

According to AARP, boomers will be turning 65 at a rate of about 8,000 a day for the next 18 years!  Professionals, academia and the general public often refer to this trend as the Silver Tsunami.  The issue of age related diminished driving skills is not going away anytime soon.  It has been said that organizations that do not have a plan in place to address the driving issue with families, will soon be surpassed by the ones that do.

Keeping Us Safe’s “Beyond Driving with Dignity” program can help employers:

  • Decrease healthcare costs
  • Enhance employee well-being
  • Increase employee productivity
  • Improve employee engagement
  • Reduce employee absenteeism, and
  • Strengthened recruitment and employee retention

In addition to saving lives, proper utilization of this program will arm managers with yet another tool in dealing with difficult, complex and sensitive employee issues.  If you are an employer, human resource coordinator, benefits coordinator or an EAP professional, and are interested in learning more about this problem-solving program, please feel free to contact us at 877-907-8841, or visit the Keeping Us Safe website at www.keepingussafe.org.

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Ohio State Highway Patrol partners with Keeping Us Safe to prevent older driver tragedies

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The Ohio State Highway Patrol is pleased to announce a new partnership with two organizations dedicated to keeping older drivers safe on the roads of the Mahoning Valley: SCOPE of Trumbull County (Senior Citizen’s Opportunity for Personal Endeavor) and Keeping Us Safe.

In conjunction with the Warren Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol, SCOPE will sponsor Keeping Us Safe’s “A Safe Drive Through the Aging Process” presentation throughout March and April.

Keeping Us Safe is a national organization that works with older drivers and their families with the issue of age-related diminishing driving skills. The one-hour long presentation, free to the public, will offer suggestions on how an older driver can extend his or her safe driving career.

The program stresses the importance of staying aware of diminishing physical and cognitive skills as we age, as well as making appropriate adjustments in driving behavior to compensate for a decline in those skills.  Read more at Media Release-OSP Warren Partnership.

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A Completely Solvable Problem!

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According to the American Geriatrics Society (AGS) and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), olderadults account for 10 percent of all people injured in traffic crashes annually and 17 percent of annual traffic fatalities.  Keeping Us Safe’s Enhanced Self-Assessment Program (ESAP) for older drivers can help drive this statistic down!  Beyond Driving with Dignity

 

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Continuing Education Programs to Help Older Drivers and Their Families Now Available to Nurses in Wyoming

 

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Keeping Us Safe is pleased to announce that their nationally-recognized presentations for nurses has been accepted for Continuing Education (CEU) credits in the state of Wyoming.   Following are brief descriptions of each presentation:

Bringing a Peaceful Resolve to Complex & Sensitive Senior Driving Issues

This 1-hour educational presentation is designed to provide Wyoming’s nurses with the skills and competencies necessary to help an individual (and their concerned family members) suffering from age-related diminished driving skills with the ability to make a smooth transition into a driving retirement, with minimal deterioration to the individual’s dignity or independence.

Driving Under the Influence of Dementia

This presentation, also 1-hour in length, is designed to provide nurses in Wyoming with the skills and competencies necessary to address the issue of dementia-related cognitive decline as it relates to older drivers.  Attendees will gain a further understanding of the role memory and executive functioning play in safe driving, and how dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease can have an adverse effect on those critical brain functions and thus on driving abilities.

The presentation includes discussion on recent research projects related to the issue of driving with dementia and will offer potential solutions for the family and for the driver with dementia in their quest to maintain their independence and a healthy lifestyle even after driving cessation.

Pursuant to the rules established by the Wyoming State Board of Nursing, nurses licensed in the state of Wyoming are now eligible to earn Continuing Education credits (CEU’s) for attending and participating in either course.

Matt Gurwell, founder of Keeping Us Safe, explains that “A fundamental component of our mission is to provide educational support for members of the professional community that may find themselves in the difficult position of helping families deal with this very sensitive and emotional issue.  We are delighted that the State of Wyoming has recognized the need for such programs and we are honored that they have entrusted us to deliver this information to Wyoming’s nursing community.

Founded in 2008, Keeping Us Safe is an organization that provides practical, real-life solutions to older drivers and their families. Their programs are designed to save lives while simultaneously helping to ease the burden of the family as they find themselves faced with this very challenging issue. Their services are available throughout the United States and Canada.  To learn more about their programming or to schedule a continuing education presentation please visit the Keeping Us Safe website at http://www.keepingussafe.org or call toll-free 877-907-8841.

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Educational Programs to Help Older Drivers and Their Families Now Available to Social Workers in Colorado

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(Denver, CO) – Keeping Us Safe is pleased to announce that their nationally-recognized presentations for social workers is now being offered as Professional Development Hours (PDH) in the state of Colorado.  Following are brief descriptions of each presentation:

Bringing a Peaceful Resolve to Complex & Sensitive Senior Driving Issues

This 1-hour educational presentation is designed to provide social workers with the skills and competencies necessary to help an individual (and their concerned family members) suffering from age-related diminished driving skills with the ability to make a smooth transition into a driving retirement, with minimal deterioration to the individual’s dignity or independence.

Driving Under the Influence of Dementia

This presentation, also 1-hour in length, is designed to provide social workers with the skills and competencies necessary to address the issue of dementia-related cognitive decline as it relates to older drivers.  Attendees will gain a further understanding of the role memory and executive functioning play in safe driving, and how dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease can have an adverse effect on those critical brain functions and thus on driving abilities.

The presentation includes discussion on recent research projects related to the issue of driving with dementia and will offer potential solutions for the family and for the driver with dementia in their quest to maintain their independence and a healthy lifestyle even after driving cessation.

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Pursuant to the rules established by the Colorado State Board of Social Work Examiners, a component of the Colorado Department of Regulatory Agencies, Licensed Social Workers (LSW), and Licensed Clinical Social Workers (LCSW) are now eligible to earn Professional Development Hours (PDH) for attending and participating in either course.

Matt Gurwell, founder of Keeping Us Safe, explains that “A fundamental component of our mission is to provide educational support for members of the professional community that may find themselves in the difficult position of helping families deal with this very sensitive and emotional issue”.

Founded in 2008, Keeping Us Safe is an organization that provides practical, real-life solutions to older drivers and their families. Their programs are designed to save lives while simultaneously helping to ease the burden of the family as they find themselves faced with this very challenging issue. Their services are available throughout the United States and Canada.  To learn more about their programming or to schedule a continuing education presentation please visit the Keeping Us Safe website at http://www.keepingussafe.org or call toll-free 877-907-8841.

 

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Keeping Us Safe Presents Its Continuing Education (CEU) Program to Parish Nurses in Cincinnati, Ohio

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On January 27, 2016, Certified “Beyond Driving with Dignity” Professional Nancy Schuster (Cincinnati, Ohio) will be presenting Keeping Us Safe’s “Driving Under the Influence of Dementia” continuing education program to parish nurses of the Greater Cincinnati Parish Health Ministry.

Those in attendance will gain a further understanding of the role memory and executive functioning play in safe driving, and how dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease can have an adverse effect on those critical brain functions and driving abilities.

The presentation includes a discussion on recent research projects related to the issue of driving with dementia and will offer potential solutions for families and for the driver with dementia in their quest to maintain their independence and a healthy lifestyle even after driving cessation.

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Nancy Schuster has been serving the greater Cincinnati area as a Certified “Beyond Driving with Dignity” Professional since August, 2011.  In 2013 she received Keeping Us Safe’s “Bill and Betty Fresch Outstanding Achievement Award” for her exemplary performance in the certification program.

Click here to learn more about Keeping Us Safe’s continuing education programs.

 

 

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Keeping Us Safe to Present “Driving Under the Influence of Dementia” at Aging Life Care Conference in Tulsa

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Keeping Us Safe has been invited to present their “Driving Under the Influence of Dementia” continuing education program at the 2015 Conference South Central Chapter of the Aging Life Care Association.

The conference is being held at the Hilton DoubleTree at Warren Place in Tulsa, Oklahoma from November 5-7, 2015, and will be attended by Aging Life Care Professionals from the states of Texas, Arkansas, Louisiana and Oklahoma.

During the presentation, conference attendees will gain a further understanding of the role memory and executive functioning play in safe driving, and how dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease can have an adverse effect on those critical brain functions and thus driving abilities.  The presentation will include a discussion of recent research projects related to the issue of driving with dementia and will offer possible solutions for helping the driver with dementia maintain their independence after a driving cessation.

The goal of the presentation is to provide Aging Life Care Professionals with additional knowledge that will allow them to provide an even higher level of service to the families they serve.  “We are very honored to have been selected by the Conference as a presenter for this prestigious event,” says Matt Gurwell, founder of Keeping Us Safe,  “Aging Life Care Professionals often find themselves as the first stopping point for families worried about an aging parent’s diminishing driving skills.”

Founded in 2008, Keeping Us Safe is a national organization that provides practical, real-life solutions to older drivers and their families.  Their programs are designed to save lives while simultaneously helping to ease the burden of the family as they find themselves faced with the very challenging and emotional issue of a loved one’s age-related diminishing driving skills.

The conference is sponsored by the Quality Life Management specialists at PurviewLife. To register or to learn more about the conference contact Imane Rose at i.rose@purviewlife.com or call Purview Life at 918-935-2020.

To learn more about Keeping Us Safe please visit www.keepingussafe.org.  Media inquiries are asked to call 216-904-8841 for additional details.

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Keeping Us Safe Selected to Serve as Judge in Aging 2.0 Event in Chicago

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Keeping Us Safe is honored to have been selected to serve as a judge for the Aging 2.0 #”30in30in30 event scheduled for this Thursday, September 24, 2015, in Chicago, Illinois.

The initiative is designed to encourage local communities around the world to host pitch events for new and innovative products and services that stand to improve the lives of older adults.

Thank you to Silver Dawn Senior Friendly Communities for the opportunity to serve as a judge for such a worthwhile cause.

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Keeping Us Safe’s Professional Education Programs Now Available to Social Workers in Missouri

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Keeping Us Safe is pleased to announce that their nationally-recognized presentations for social workers are now approved for continuing education (CE) credits in the state of Missouri.  Following are brief descriptions of each presentation:

Bringing a Peaceful Resolve to Complex & Sensitive Senior Driving Issues

This 1-hour educational presentation is designed to provide social workers with the skills and competencies necessary to help an individual (and their concerned family members) suffering from age-related diminished driving skills with the ability to make a smooth transition into a driving retirement, with minimal deterioration to the individual’s dignity or independence.

Driving Under the Influence of Dementia

This presentation, also 1-hour in length, is designed to provide social workers with the skills and competencies necessary to address the issue of dementia-related cognitive decline as it relates to older drivers.  Attendees will gain a further understanding of the role memory and executive functioning play in safe driving, and how dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease can have an adverse effect on those critical brain functions and thus on driving abilities.

This presentation includes discussion on recent research projects related to the issue of driving with dementia and will offer potential solutions for the family and for the driver with dementia in their quest to maintain their independence and a healthy lifestyle even after driving cessation.

These presentations have been approved by the Committee for Social Workers, a component of the Missouri Division of Professional Registration, thus allowing social workers licensed in Missouri to earn continuing education (CE) credits for attending and participating in either course.

Matt Gurwell, founder of Keeping Us Safe, explains that “A fundamental component of our mission is to provide educational support for members of the professional community that may find themselves in the difficult position of helping families deal with this very sensitive and emotional issue.  We are delighted that the State of Missouri has recognized the need for such programs and we are honored that they have entrusted us to deliver this information to Missouri’s social workers”.

Founded in 2008, Keeping Us Safe is an organization that provides practical, real-life solutions to older drivers and their families. Their programs are designed to save lives while simultaneously helping to ease the burden of the family as they find themselves faced with this very challenging issue. Their services are available throughout the United States and Canada.  To learn more about their programming or to schedule a continuing education presentation please visit the Keeping Us Safe website at http://www.keepingussafe.org or call toll-free 877-907-8841.

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Cindy McQuown explains the “Beyond Driving with Dignity” Program on Brunswick Area Television

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Listen (and watch!) as Certified “Beyond Driving with Dignity” Professional Cindy McQuown discusses senior driver safety and the BDD program to Lori Betz, host of the Golden Years television program from the Brunswick Area Television station in Brunswick, Ohio.

Click here to watch the interview.

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