WHAT: On Saturday, April 9, Orange Park Medical Center will provide a FREE, interactive and educational program to teach participants how to make their personal vehicle "fit" them, increasing their safety and mobility when they hit the road.

Developed through collaboration among the American Society on Aging, AAA, AARP and the American Occupational Therapy Association, CarFit is the first program to offer older adults the opportunity to check how their personal cars "fit" them.

Participants will:

  • Review 12 key areas of the fit to their car such as adequate space from the steering wheel, proper seat belt use, and properly adjusted head restraints.
  • Learn how to use and adjust their safety devices.

Each checkup takes about 20 minutes-- this is not a driving test or mechanical inspection.

Orange Park Medical Center Occupational Therapists will be on hand to provide information to older drivers on how to maintain and strengthen driving health. Community businesses at the event will include the Clay County Sheriff's Office, Orange Park Fire Department, YMCA and United Healthcare.

WHY: People over 65 are the fastest-growing population in the United States. By 2030, one in five drivers will be age 65 or older, which means there will be more than 30 million older drivers on our roads. Because of their fragility, seniors have the highest crash death rate per mile of everyone except teenagers.

WHEN: Saturday, April 9, 2016

9:00am - 12:00pm

WHERE: Orange Park Medical Center - East Campus Parking Lot

CONTACT: To schedule your 20-minute appointment, please call (800) 889-3627. Appointment spaces are limited and are required.