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

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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Traffic Safety Partnership Developed Involving Local Government, a Non-Profit Organization and a Private Sector Business

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In the private sector, it is a common understanding that if your business can’t change with the times, then it’s probably not going to survive.  Any business in today’s fast-moving environment that is looking for the pace of change to slow is likely to be sorely disappointed. In fact, successful businesses actually embrace change.  Without change, businesses would likely lose their competitive edge and fail to meet the needs of what most hope to be a growing client base.

To put it mildly, change is not always quite so welcome in the world of government.  One only need look at the decades-long debacle surrounding the prioritization and processing of veterans in need of medical attention.  Or look at the declining condition of America’s infrastructure, including but certainly not limited to our antiquated power grid (our current system was developed in the late 1800’s), and how our air traffic control system is still relying on forty year old technology.  It was Ronald Reagan who said “The scariest words in the English language are ‘I’m from the government and I’m here to help.’”

The good news is that there are many examples of local governments from across the country that are proactively serving the communities and constituents they have been elected to represent.

For just a moment, take solace in the following article.  It represents a fine example of how a local government, a non-profit organization and a national business have come together as equal partners for the common good, and are helping older drivers remain safe in the Cleveland suburb of Seven Hills, Ohio.

In this unique partnership, the Seven Hills Mayor’s Court, University Hospitals Parma Medical Center, and Keeping Us Safe, LLC., have formed an innovative alliance deigned to help older drivers who may be experiencing an age-related decline in driving skills, as demonstrated by an invitation to appear in court for a traffic violation.  Following is a very brief synopsis of the role government, a non-profit and the private sector plays in this potentially life-saving initiative:

A For-Profit Business

Founded in 2008 by a retired Ohio State Trooper, Keeping Us Safe, LLC., is a national business headquartered in Cleveland, Ohio.  They have developed the “Enhanced Self-Assessment Program” for older drivers who may be experiencing a decline in their driving abilities.  This three hour in-person session typically takes place in the home of the older driver and is facilitated by any one of Keeping Us Safe’s Certified “Beyond Driving with Dignity” Professionals.

If the individual is a safe driver, he or she is provided with strategies on how to remain a safe driver as they progress through the aging process. If a driving retirement is the appropriate decision, then Keeping Us Safe provides the individual (and their family) with acceptable alternatives, resources and a very specific plan to ensure a smooth and successful transition from the driver’s seat to the passenger seat.

A Non-Profit Organization

In 2012, the Parma Medical Center (a non-profit medical facility) adopted the “Beyond Driving with Dignity” program into the service offerings of their Center for Healthy Aging, and have enjoyed great success with the program.

Laura Matthews, BS, MS, LNHA, Manager of the Center and one of Keeping Us Safe’s Certified “Beyond Driving with Dignity” Professionals says “We’re happy to support families with this program.  If we can be that objective person in this discussion with them, it can save lives as well as relationships in a family.”  In other words, the self-assessment program is not only designed to reduce the incidence of traffic fatalities involving older drivers, but as well, the program helps to maintain the integrity of the family unit.

A Government Entity

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With so many of Seven Hills’ residents over 65 (nearly twice that of the Ohio average), Mayor Richard Dell’Aquila, along with magistrate Eric Moore saw the need to explore the challenges placed on elderly drivers’ families and the community as well as protecting the drivers themselves.  They wanted to provide older drivers cited into their court with an alternative, one that would help reduce their likelihood of being cited again in the future.

Under their Older Driver Diversion Program, senior drivers who have been issued a traffic citation and wish to be considered for the Diversion Program will submit an application, pay a $50 application fee, sign a guilty plea and pay $94 court costs.  If accepted by their law department, the applicant will have 90 days to complete Keeping Us Safe’s “Beyond Driving with Dignity” program, as administered by University Hospitals Parma Medical Center.  After providing the court with proof of completion of the “Enhanced Self-Assessment program”, the applicant’s court costs will be refunded, and the traffic offense dismissed.

So What Does this Mean?

Keeping Us Safe’s self-assessment program for older drivers (a private-sector business), as administered by University Hospitals Parma Medical Center (a non-profit organization), now serves as the Senior Driver Diversion program for the Seven Hills Mayor’s Court (a government entity).

Matt Gurwell, a retired Ohio State Trooper and founder of Keeping Us Safe, says “It is extremely rewarding to be partnering with a non-profit organization and city government to bring a peaceful resolve to older drivers with diminishing cognitive and/or physical skills.  In classic fashion, Mayor Dell’Aquila and Magistrate Eric Moore have demonstrated how thinking outside-the-box and approaching an old problem from a new perspective and in doing so, they have demonstrated their sincere desire to providing a high level of service to the residents of Seven Hills.

Although the business structures, missions and methods of operation for the Seven Hills Court, the UH-Parma Medical Center and for Keeping Us Safe are all completely different from each other, we have been united by a common goal; to provide a superior level of service to those whom we serve.

In Conclusion:

Local government, a non-profit organization and a private business have formed a meaningful partnership that is designed to be of value not only to older traffic offenders, but also to their families and to the motoring public in general.  Implementation of this program is sure to make the community of Seven Hills a safer place to live, work and recreate, all at no additional expense to taxpayers.

Points of Interest:

  • Generally speaking, defendants in American courts pay for their diversion with a fee to the court, counseling, or both. It is not uncommon for the final cost to be more than the actual fine.
  • According to the Ohio Department of Public Safety, over the past five years, Cuyahoga County has lead the state in older adults (65+) being killed in automobile accidents.
  • Seven Hills Court’s “Older Diver Diversion Program” is not available to individuals that were involved in an injury accident, have had a moving violation within the past twelve months, or were operating a commercial vehicle at the time of their offense. The program is completely voluntary.
  • The “Enhanced Self-Assessment Program” for older drivers is designed to help older drivers that may be experiencing a diminishment in driving skills, make a smooth transition from the driver’s seat to the passenger seat with minimal deterioration to their dignity or independence.
  • In any well-structured court diversion program, courts may require that the defendant formally admit guilt, but suspend punishment until the defendant has had the opportunity to complete diversion, in this case, the “Enhanced Self-Assessment Program” (the plea isn’t formally entered into the court system so it can be erased upon successful completion of the program). Diversion programs such as this one emphasize counseling, treatment, and behavior modification over punitive measures.
  • Keeping Us Safe, the City of Seven Hills and University Hospitals Parma Medical Center recently held a luncheon to honor five older drivers that recently made a quiet and non-newsworthy retirement from driving. They were recognized as “the quiet heroes amongst us” for making the difficult decision to give up driving before tragedy ever had the opportunity to strike.
  • Lisa Profio, LPN, is a Certified “Beyond Driving with Dignity” Professional working at University Hospitals Parma Medical Center in tandem with Laura Matthews. Lisa was selected as the recipient of Keeping Us Safe’s 2014 “Bill and Betty Fresch Outstanding Achievement Award” for recognition of her professional experience, compassion and empathy in helping older drivers with diminished driving skills make a smooth transition into a driving retirement.

For more information on Keeping Us Safe’s “Older Driver Diversion Program”, please visit their website at http://keepingussafe.org/olderdriverdiversionprogram.htm, or call toll-free 877-907-8841.

About the Author

After retiring from a very successful 24-year career with the Ohio State Highway Patrol, Matt Gurwell quickly recognized that he was still filled with a desire for improving highway safety and more specifically, a passion to help keep older drivers, safe drivers.

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As a result, Matt founded Keeping Us Safe, a national organization with a mission to help keep older drivers safe. He has developed programs that provide senior drivers and their families with direction in helping to ensure one’s smooth transition from the driver’s seat to the passenger seat.

Since leaving the Patrol, Matt has participated in a tremendous amount of work in the area of older driver research, best practices, current vehicle safety technologies, and adaptive equipment.

After consulting with professionals from several different disciplines, Matt took this new knowledge and blended it with his years of experience investigating accidents and dealing with people (in sometimes less than comfortable settings!), and developed the “Enhanced Self-Assessment Program” for senior drivers. Matt’s creative, innovative and common sense approach, combined with his uncanny ability to bring calm and resolve to stressful situations without ever jeopardizing the dignity of others, has contributed greatly to the success of Keeping Us Safe’s programs.

When asked what the turning point was for starting Keeping Us Safe, Matt explains:

“There was never one particular event. It was the result of 20-plus years of holding dying people in my arms at terrible car accidents, and delivering dozens and dozens of death notifications to families. I would much rather work with families bringing a peaceful resolve to this sensitive and uncomfortable issue now, rather than have them deal with it when an Ohio State Trooper is knocking on their front door”.

Matt also explains that “At Keeping Us Safe, we are not in the ‘older driver’ business. We are in the business of saving lives and helping family members maintain their relationships with an aging parent through a very difficult time of transition.”

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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 Honors “Retiring” Older Drivers

Keeping Us Safe, in conjunction with the City of Seven Hills, Ohio and the Parma Medical Center will be honoring several older adults who have voluntarily made the difficult (but correct) decision to “retire” from driving after their long and successful driving careers.  The ceremony will be held in the community room of the Seven Hills City Hall on October 13, 2015.   Honoring Older Drivers-101315

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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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The “Beyond Driving with Dignity” Professional Certification Program Has Been Approved for Continuing Education (CE) Credits for Florida’s Legal Guardians

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Keeping Us Safe is pleased to announce that their nationally-recognized “Beyond Driving with Dignity” professional certification program has been approved for Continuing Education credits for public guardians licensed in the state of Florida.

The Florida Statewide Public Guardianship Office, an entity of the Florida Department of Elder Affairs, has approved the training and certification program for 10 hours of continuing education credits.  Program approval was managed by CE Broker; the official continuing education approval and tracking system for the Department.

The “Beyond Driving with Dignity” training and certification program has been designed to arm certain professionals with tools necessary to help older drivers and their families work through the complicated issue of age-related diminishing driving skills.

The program is not built around the premeditated goal of “taking the keys away” from an older driver. Rather, the program is designed to help the older driver and concerned family members make appropriate decisions on the future of the individual’s safe driving career.  It is true that in certain circumstances, this may involve assisting the older driver in making a smooth and permanent transition from the driver’s seat to the passenger seat.

“We are very excited to be able to offer this training program through the Florida Statewide Guardianship Office” says Matt Gurwell, founder of Keeping Us Safe.  “Our hopes are that application of our certification program will ultimately help reduce the number of older driver tragedies in Florida, while simultaneously providing front line professionals with yet another tool in helping older drivers with diminished driving skills make a smooth and dignified transition from the driver’s seat to the passenger seat” Gurwell concludes.

This 10-hour on-line course provides attendees with the ability to identify areas of concern involving older drivers, and will assist in the development of attainable lifestyle changes for the older driver that will help keep him or her safe.

If the individual is a safe driver, we provide him or her with strategies on how to remain a safe driver as they progress through the aging process. If driving retirement is the appropriate decision, then we provide the individual (and their family) with acceptable alternatives, resources and a very specific plan to ensure a smooth and successful transition from the driver’s seat to the passenger seat.

More information of the certification program is available at:

The CE Broker website at www.cebroker.com/courses

The course tracking number is 20-497221

The official course name is:  “BEYOND DRIVING WITH DIGNITY” PROFESSIONAL CERTIFICATION PROGRAM

To learn more about Keeping Us Safe’s programs, please visit their website at http://www.keepingussafe.org.  Specific inquiries made be made by email at info@keepingussafe.org or by telephone at 877-907-8841

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