Archive for June, 2009

Senior Driving Challenges

June 17, 2009

Jim Cline, WGGB-TV (Springfield ABC)

EAST HARTFORD, Conn.(abc40) — There are currently discussions taking place on Beacon Hill about retesting older drivers. There have been a number of incidents of late, some of them tragic. A 4-year-old girl was killed in Stoughton over the weekend by an 88-year-old driver.    She has had her license revoked.

Liberty Mutual, based in Boston, has launched a “Driver Seat Game” that allows players to experience what older drivers may experience.”We’re trying to provide some tools to help generate more conversatiion between families,” says Greg Gordon, the senior vice president of consumer marketing at Liberty Mutual, “so they can open up the dialogue, figure out what the right solution is for their family and solve it.”

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Behind the wheel as an elderly driver

June 17, 2009

Erin Cox, WTNH-TV (New Haven ABC)

East Hartford (WTNH) – A new program is designed to put people in the driver’s seat of an elderly person to see how age impacts driving.

Getting into the car is difficult. So is driving wearing a suit that makes legs feel heavy, hands feel arthritic and a neck brace limiting head movement.

The road isn’t real. Neither is the online game that Liberty Mutual launched which allows players to experience limitations older folks may feel including poor eyesight.

“Simulate a little bit of cataracts along the edges to reduce your peripheral vision which is also one of the major difficulties senior drivers are facing,” said Josh of Liberty Mutual.

The games are really targeted toward adult children who consider having their elderly parents give up the car keys and stay off the road.

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Never get old

June 17, 2009

Susan Campbell, Hartford Courant

Susan Campbell’s blog talks about Liberty Mutual launching an online “Driver Seat Game” that gives baby-boomers (and others) a taste of what driving is like for their parents.

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Game Tests Effects Of Aging On Drivers

June 17, 2009

Miko Kopelman, WFSB-TV (Hartford CBS)

EAST HARTFORD, Conn. — Liberty Mutual Insurance held a demonstration Wednesday that simulated the effects of aging on drivers.The event was held Wednesday at Rentschler Field in East Hartford has introduced an online game to help seniors and their relatives decide when the right time is to have older residents hand over the keys.It’s about opening a conversation about the issue, Liberty officials said.

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What it’s like to be an elderly driver

June 17, 2009

Veronica Cintron, WWLP-TV (Springfield NBC)

EAST HARTFORD, Conn. (WWLP) – The elderly driving issue is getting a lot of attention these days.

Liberty Mutual is raising awareness with a senior safety driving event at Rentschler Field in East Hartford.

A company official took 22News for a ride to show the effects old age has on driving.

But first, he put on a senior simulator suit.

The outfit features a neck brace, vest, gloves, even ankle weights–all designed to restrict movement and flexibility.

On the driving course, Dave sped up to 35-miles per hour and tried to make a sudden turn. “Very difficult to do. This restriction with your hands and upper body,” he said.

Those are just some of the challenges elderly drivers face behind the wheel.

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Walk For Rides 2009!

June 1, 2009

It was a beautiful day in East Windsor as volunteers gathered to participate in ITNNorthCentralConnecticut’s most important fundraiser of the year, Walk For Rides. Forty participants walked around the track at East Windsor High School to raise money and community awareness for ITN’s mission of providing dignified transportation to seniors. Contributions are being accepted through the end of June. Thank you to everyone who made this year’s Walk a success.