Clinically Assessing and Counseling Older Drivers - Alice Pomidor, M.D.
Dr. Pomidor is a family practice geriatrician who has been actively involved in the clinical teaching of medical students, residents, and fellows for 30 years. She teaches frequently on a variety of topics in geriatrics including older adult driving, physical activity, nutrition, wound healing, and falls prevention. Her research interests include older adult driving outreach and education, geriatrics education, and the use of educational video games and technology to teach geriatric concepts. She is a former geriatrics fellowship director and also served previously as a division chief of geriatrics, as well as a medical director at multiple retirement and long-term care communities.
Motor vehicle injuries are the leading cause of injury-related deaths among 65- to 74-year-olds and are the second leading cause (after falls) among 75- to 84-year-olds. As the most mobile generation to date, older adults expect to remain mobile in the community as they age, ideally with a driving “life expectancy” that keeps up with their lifespan. In order to support older adults’ access to health care, social interaction, and nutrition through independent mobility, interprofessional clinical team members need office-based tools to screen for medical and functional issues which may affect driving ability, assess the risk of driving impairment, intervene to optimize treatment and functional ability, refer appropriately for specialized care and driving rehabilitation, and provide counseling about planning for transitioning from driving. We can help healthcare practitioners prevent motor vehicle crashes and injury to older adults.
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