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The problem with older drivers is an international's happening everywhere that there are cars. So how is Japan handling it?

Police in Japan are trying to coax older drivers from behind the wheel with offers of cheap meals, as the country confronts a worrying rise in crashes involving older motorists. Under a scheme launched last week in Aichi Prefecture in central Japan, older drivers will be given discounts on ramen noodles at 176 outlets of the Sugakiya Ramen restaurant chain, but only after they surrender their driver’s licence.

The move comes after the prime minister, Shinzō Abe, called for more action to address the steep rise in crashes, some of them fatal, caused by drivers in the over-74 age group. Although the overall number of traffic accidents has declined in recent years, those involving drivers aged 75 and over has risen from 7.4% to 12.8% over the last decade, according to the national police agency. Like in the US, the types of crashes that older individuals are involved in in Japan include turns, wrong way incidents and pedal misapplications where they hit buildings and/or people. Other parts of the prefecture are using similar incentives, including discounts at sento public baths, barbers and chemists, plus lower taxi fares. So far this year, before the ramen concession was introduced, 12,000 drivers in the prefecture had taken advantage of the schemes.

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Have you ever considered your own safety when you've been in a store, getting a coffee or even checking out at a grocery store?

Almost half of all storefront crashes are committed by drivers over the age of 65, according to the Storefront Safety Council. Most of us would not consider even thinking about getting hit by a car while you are IN a store...but it happens...and frequently.

AFODS recommends the following for your safety at stores:
1) Always be cognizant of where the handicapped parking spaces are located in front of a store. Most incidents with older drivers hitting buildings happen from the handicapped parking spaces.
2) When you go to stores with parking in front, be aware if there are cement safety barriers. Are they close enough together for your safety?
3) Never forget that you can get hit by a car while in the store. Think about your safety no matter where you are.
4) Do what you have to do to get out of the way of the vehicle.
5) Exercise extra caution at coffee shops and hair salons. Both are frequented by older drivers.

Three people were injured after a van driven by an older woman smashed through the wall of Burlington Coat Factory at 4750 South Eastern Avenue in Las Vegas, Nevada. The crash happened around 4:36 p.m. Saturday when the driver accelerated in a handicap parking spot, pulled forward through the bushes, then turned left into the wall of Burlington Coat Factory. One person injured was an employee.

This type of thing can happen to you. Consider your safety where ever you are.

NHTSA Las Vegas Fire & Rescue Las Vegas Fire & Rescue Department North Las Vegas Police Department Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department

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Have you ever thought that as you are aging that you just cannot drink alcohol the way that you might have been able to when you were younger? There's a reason for that...

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) issued warnings in 2010 about alcohol and aging, reminding people 65 and older that even a few drinks can hit them harder than in their youth. Older people metabolize alcohol more slowly, and they also have less water in their system to dilute the alcohol. That means that if a 20 y.o. and a 70 y.o. both consumed that same 2 glasses of wine, the 70 y.o. would be hit harder by the alcohol than the 20 y.o. This means that the 70 y.o. would have a higher Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) than the 20 y.o. Alcohol is also known to make age-related conditions, such as high blood pressure, diabetes, liver ailments and memory problems, worse. And because older people typically take more medications, they have an increased risk of an alcohol-drug interaction, which can cause confusion, instability while walking, nausea or other problems. Alcohol can also cause liver ailments when taken with acetaminophen or Tylenol. Alcohol can also lead to balance problems. Older adults who drink are at higher risk for hip fractures.

Older people don't have to stop drinking entirely, but they do need to be more aware of what they drink and how often. The NIH recommends that people over 65 shouldn’t consume more than seven drinks in a week, and that they should have no more than three drinks on a given day. (Source: The New York Times)

94 y.o. John T. Flannery of Montoursville, Pennsylvania is either going to jail for two days or will have to wear an electronic monitoring device due to crashing into Leary and Sandra Platt's home in the 300 block of Elm Street while drunk with a BAC of 0.141. This incident happened last May and thankfully the Platts survived, but they were injured. Flannery, who uses a cane, is expected to be sentenced in January.

Link to article on Flannery with further details:

Link to an online BAC calculator (entertainment purposes only):

NHTSA National Institute on Aging - NIH Alcohol Alcoholics Anonymous CDC CDC Global World Health Organization (WHO)

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Kansas City Star – June 1, 2015

NHTSA Announces New 5-Year Traffic Safety Plan and Guidelines for Older Drivers and Passengers
NHTSA – December 5th, 2013

Older Drivers Would Have To Renew Licenses Every 4-Years
WSAU – December 10, 2013

75 Is The New Old: VA DMV Study Recommends Fitness Tests For Aging Drivers
The Washington Times – December 15, 2013

Bill Proposes Changing In-Person Renewal For Older Drivers In Virginia
Daily Press – January 13, 2014

Proposal: Wisconsin Legislation to Require More Vision Exams
The Journal Times – January 2, 2014

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