Archive for June, 2009

Dean Wern, Nonprofit Executive of the Year

June 29, 2009

Hartford Business

Allied President and CEO Dean Wern presented the keys of a 2003 Buick to Margaret Smith-Hale, executive director of the Independent Transportation Network North Central Connecticut in 2008.

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ITNPortland Community Night

June 27, 2009

Please join us on Saturday, June 27th at O’Naturals Restaurant on Exchange Street in Portland.

10% of all sales between 4:00 PM and 8:00 PM will be donated to ITNPortland.

Radio Boston

June 26, 2009

Jane Clayson, Senior Driving, Right or Privilege?

Senior Driving, Right or Privilege?

June 25, 2009

Jane Clayson, Host, Radio Boston

At the heart of it, driving is about freedom to come and go, when and wherever you please, pretty much on your own terms. As long as you stop at red lights and obey the speed limit, most of us look at “freedom of the road” as a constitutional right.

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Should seniors re-take driver’s test?

June 24, 2009

Paul Briand, Baby Boomer Examiner

Baby Boomers face a dilemma about their elderly parents that they’ll ultimately face themselves: Should they be required at some point to re-take a driver’s test to prove their proficiency behind the wheel?

Liberty Mutual, the insurance giant, is getting involved in the discussion by offering an online driving test, meant to simulate some of the challenges that elderly drivers face when they’re out on the road.

It’s called the Driver’s Seat game and can be road tested here. It’s offered as a resource by Liberty Mutual for Baby Boomers and their parents.

“The Driver Seat Game is a great conversation starter,” Greg Gordon, senior vice president of Consumer Marketing at Liberty Mutual, said in a statement. “Most families are simply not addressing the very important issue of senior mobility, perhaps because they feel ill-equipped on how to approach it.”

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Too Old To Drive? When It’s Time To Surrender The Keys

June 23, 2009

SACHA PFEIFFER. 90.9 WBUR

BOSTON — Genevieve Priest is 89-years-old and still has her driver’s license, but says she has mostly given up driving. She travels with a tank of oxygen connected to a tube in her nose, and she does not feel as strong as she used to.

“Well, I have a breathing problem, I don’t have the energy I had before, and my eyes are not as good as they used to be,” Priest says. “I would drive today if I had to, but I prefer not to.”

She still comes, though, to this weekly quilting group at the Belmont Senior Center. She usually gets dropped off by her husband, who is still driving at age 91.

“He’s been a tremendous good driver,” Priest says, “but lately we’re getting a little nervous about him driving because he doesn’t seem to have the confidence.”

A handful of recent high-profile car accidents involving elderly drivers has state lawmakers considering legislation that would require extra testing for older drivers. Supporters of the proposed new laws say people over a certain age are unsafe behind the wheel.

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Suited Up As A Senior

June 23, 2009

Daniel D’Ambrosio, Fairfield County Weekly

Is there anything that gets better at the age of 85? Well, maybe, but I can tell you from experience it isn’t driving a car. Not that I’m that old — yet — but in a clever event staged by Boston-based Liberty Mutual insurance company last week at Rentschler Field, I got a taste of what it’s like to drive a car at an advanced age.

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Liberty Mutual debuts Driver Seat Game

June 19, 2009

Liberty Mutual launched its online Driver Seat Game, a video game that will allow players of all ages to experience first-hand the physical and cognitive limitations that older drivers may experience while operating a motor vehicle. The goal of the game is to make players sensitive to the physical obstacles faced by their parents at various stages of aging and inspire conversations between adult children and their senior parents.

Liberty Mutual Driver Seat Game

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Senior Drivers, the Video Game

June 18, 2009

Brad Drazen, WVIT-TV (Hartford NBC)

A video game is giving people of all ages senior moments behind the wheel.

The Driver Seat Game, is a flash-based video game that makes you feel like you have physical and cognitive limitations that older drivers might experience while they’re behind the wheel of a car.

Liberty Mutual, as in the insurance company, and ITNAmerica are behind the video game experience unlike any you’re likely to get from your Wii, XBox or PlayStation.

It’s part of a program that gives families resources to handle the issue of aging and its effect on driving, a real and difficult issue many families are bound to face at some point.

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A difficult drive in a suit designed to mimic effects of aging

June 18, 2009

Vivian Nereim, Boston Globe

EAST HARTFORD — The frustration sank in the moment I got in the car. I couldn’t reach the brake. Adjusting the driver’s seat seemed simple, but my back was stiff, my knees were stuck, and my hands were heavy. I sheepishly asked my driving instructor, Stephen Smith, if he could help. It was embarrassing, but I couldn’t do it on my own.

I was wearing a restrictive suit meant to simulate the bodily effects of aging as I fumbled through a closed driving course at Rentschler Field, practicing parking, navigating orange cones, and making emergency stops.

The suit and the course were part of a Liberty Mutual event on Wednesday marking the release of their “Driver Seat Game,” an online video game designed to simulate the physical and cognitive limitations experienced by many elderly drivers. The game, which went live Tuesday morning, is accessible at http://libertymutual.com/driverseat.

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