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CARFIT COMING TO MADISONVILLE

Students and faculty members in the Occupational Therapy Assistant program at Madisonville Community College (MCC) will be hosting CarFit on Friday, April 22, from 9 a.m. 1 p.m. on the parking lot of the MCC Health Sciences Campus (750 North Laffoon Street, Madisonville).

CarFit is an excellent opportunity for senior drivers to check how their cars fit them. Developed through an AAA, AARP and the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) partnership, CarFit s trained professionals take older drivers through a 12-point checklist with their vehicle, recommending any minor adjustments that help make their cars fit better for comfort and safety. An occupational therapist is also on hand to provide information to seniors on how to maintain and strengthen driving health.

By 2030, there will be an estimated 58.9 million people age 65 and older -that's 1 in 5 people. They're expected to represent 1 in 4 licensed drivers at that time. Personal mobility is critical for healthy aging, but as our bodies change as we age, ill-fitting vehicles can make it uncomfortable and unsafe to drive. CarFit is a tool that can work to help keep seniors safer behind the wheel.

For additional information, visit www.car-fit.org. or contact:

Kim Qualls, MS,OTR/L
Occupational Therapy Assistant Program Director
Madisonville Community College - Health Science Campus
750 North Laffoon Street, Madisonville, KY 42431
Phone: 270-824-1742
Email: kim.qualls@kctcs.edu