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With the goal of keeping seniors safe on the roads, driving experts will stage a new safety program designed to help seniors find out how the “fit of their personal vehicle affects their driving.

Older adult drivers (60 +) can take advantage of this event at the University of Miami (Coral Gables campus at 1550 Brescia Avenue) on November 6th (4 - 8 pm) & 7th (9 am -12:30 pm) and be able to take part in CarFit, an innovative national program designed to give a quick comprehensive check on how well an older driver and their vehicle work together. The event will also provide motorists with community traffic safety resources intended to keep them driving safely longer.

The University of Miami’s Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) and the Palace Management Group, one of South Florida’s leading companies specializing in senior housing and care, recently announced a partnership that will bring adult education courses to residents as well as Kendall’s older adults.

Media representatives may register free of charge.

An estimated 3,500 professionals are expected to attend the five-day gathering at the Hilton Atlanta and Atlanta Marriott Marquis. The theme for 2009 is “Creative Approaches to Healthy Aging and the program schedule contains more than 400 scientific sessions featuring research presented for the first time. Noteworthy highlights include:

Press Briefings:

GSA offers direct access to leading authorities and new discoveries in gerontology. A special notice will be issued when the briefing schedule is finalized; currently confirmed topics include health care gaps among ethnic elders, breakthroughs in vitamin D research, caloric restriction in humans, upcoming federally-funded studies, and a new Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report (to be issued at the meeting) on preventative services.

Jacob Lozada was 13 in San Jose, Puerto Rico, when a neighbor came knocking on his door to tell his father that his grandfather had fainted at work. “My father said son, this is a blessing. I didn't understand why, Lozada recalled.When the most elder Lozada came home, Jacob's father told him it was time to retire.

“And what I did not understand, until later in my life, was why a 60-year-old man would want to get up at 5 in the morning to go work cutting sugar cane, which was one of the worst jobs anybody could have in the Tropics, especially in Puerto Rico, Jacob Lozada added.
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