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GrandDriver is an educational resource designed to provide Virginians with information and resources about staying safe and mobile on the road as they age.   link opens in new window Virginia GrandDriver  (brochure opens in new window)

GrandDriver:

  • Gives senior Virginians and their families suggestions to improve driving skills and provides resources that will help senior drivers compensate for age-related changes so they can stay on the road as safely as possible, for as long as possible.
  • Encourages everyone to plan ahead for safe mobility before his or her later years.img_cone_lg.jpg
  • Offers suggestions for alternative forms of transportation to help senior Virginians maintain their mobility and independence.

GrandDriver is an initiative of the link opens in new window Virginia Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services (opens in new window), and is funded by the link opens in new window Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles (opens in new window).

Why is GrandDriver Important?
In 2007, there were over 7.5 million Virginians.  Of those, 15%, or 1 in 6 were 60 or older. In 2030, there will be over 9 million Virginians and 25% or 1 in 4, will be 60 or older.

While most senior drivers may be good drivers, there are physical changes that come with aging. These changes can affect our ability to drive safely.

GrandDriver affects every citizen in Virginia. From grandchildren traveling in their grandparents' cars, to a community's most senior drivers who only now are beginning to notice that driving to the grocery store or to the doctor's office is becoming a challenge.

Driving Equates to Independence
For most of us, getting a driver's license was the first mile marker in becoming an adult and gaining freedom. Driving represents the ability to stay connected to friends and family and contribute to a community. When we can drive, we determine our own schedule. Americans have always enjoyed their independence, and Virginians particularly so. That's why, in 2004, Virginia became the first GrandDriver state in the nation.

Driving Equates to the Health and Well-Being of Virginians...and of the State Itself
In our society, driving is such a part of everyday life.

img_sign_left.jpgStudies have shown that "When seniors lose their independence and are stranded without adequate transportation options, they can become sedentary and isolated... which too often leads to depression, obesity... declining health in general" (Dr. Byron Thames on the Florida Council on Aging Mobility Challenges Panel in Orlando, Florida).

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that the average life expectancy is 77.7years.  People now in their 50's may well work longer than any previous generation, with more than 60% of men aged 60 to 64 expected to be in the workforce in 2012, up from 54% in 1992. 

And one final statistic:  The State of Aging and Health in America 2004 report estimates that American businesses lose between $11 billion and $29 billion each year as a result of employees caring for family members aged 50 and older.

Reason after reason to keep Virginians mobile, safe and independent!

 

 

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