Free seniors’ driving information session taking place July 25

The public is invited to a free information session about seniors' driving July 25 from 1-3 p.m. at the Eagles Hall in Ladysmith.

What should seniors expect when it comes time for their driver re-examination?

This and many more questions will be answered when the Ladysmith Resources Centre Association (LRCA) hosts a free information session about seniors’ driving Weds., July 25 from 1-3 p.m. at the Eagles Hall.

The Independence and Maintaining My Driver’s Licence information session is the first session in the LRCA’s Preventing Elder Abuse Through Resiliency and Awareness project.

The project, which received funding from the New Horizons for Seniors Program, aims to educate and inform seniors through a series of six information sessions, which will build on seniors’ strengths and decrease their potential for experiencing elder abuse. These sessions are meant to help seniors increase their resilience and help them become less vulnerable to financial, physical, psychological and socio-economic abuses.

This first session focuses on building driving confidence, learning new rules and regulations and compensating for age-related changes.

“During tests, a lot of older seniors get very uptight about losing their licence,” explained project co-ordinator Sharen Newton. “It’s to update them on the differences.”

After this free session, the LRCA will be offering a refresher course July 31 and Aug. 1. This refresher course costs $55 per person.

“As people get older, they don’t see as well,” noted Newton. “For a lot of them, their peripheral vision isn’t very good, and turning their necks is difficult. When seniors started driving, even myself, there wasn’t all this traffic, and there are all these new lights and traffic circles now.”

Sixty people have already signed up for the free information session.

The session is open to the general public. Admission is free, and there will be door prizes and refreshments.

Newton says the session will help people respond to the changes they see out on the road.

“Especially the refresher, anybody who’s taken it says these sessions are really well worth it,” she said. “There has been a lot of change, even in the last 10 years.”

The information session is presented in partnership with Roadmasters Safety Group Inc. To reserve a space, call Barb at 250-245-3079.