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For Immediate Release: 5/7/2013
County Sponsors Free Older Driver Symposium and Mobility Resource Fair May 19

Residents are invited to attend a free event, Driving and Beyond …Symposium and Mobility Resource Fair for Older Adults and Their Families on Sunday, May 19 from 12 noon to 4 p.m. at the Rosborough Center at Asbury Methodist Village in Gaithersburg.

Staying safe on the roads is important for drivers of all ages. Older drivers are involved in fewer crashes when compared to other age groups but are more likely to suffer serious injury or death. There is a lot to learn about this issue—whether one is concerned about personal safety or that of family members and friends.

Participants can explore a mobility fair of eighteen exhibitors offering information and resources. And several local experts will give talks –audience members can win prizes just for listening! Key topics will include:

• Learning strategies for staying safe on the roads,

• Making informed choices about driving,

• Comfortably discussing mobility concerns with family members, and

• Discovering alternatives to driving in Montgomery County. 

Speakers include internist James Rossi, M.D.; occupational therapist Meredith Lyons, OT-R; Lt. Robert McCullagh, deputy director, traffic Division, Montgomery County Police; Beth Shapiro, LCSW-C; and Jewish Council for the Aging’s Connect-A-Ride director Harriet Shapiro.

To register for this FREE event, call AARP at 1-877-926-8300 or go to http://aarp.cvent.com/mddriversymposium.  Asbury Methodist Village is located at 301 Odendhal Avenue in Gaithersburg.

The event is co-sponsored by Montgomery County government, AARP, Maryland’s Motor Vehicle Administration and collaborating organizations Adventist Rehabilitation Hospital of Maryland; Circle of Rights, Inc.; Jewish Council for the Aging; Jewish Social Service Agency; Montgomery County Commission on Aging; Rockville Senior Services; and Vamoose Bus.

For more information, call Shawn Brennan, program manager for Senior Health Promotion, at 240-777-1350.

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Release ID: 13-135
Media Contact: Mary Anderson 240-777-6534

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