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BATON ROUGE - Stories about senior citizens becoming overwhelmed behind the wheel and getting into accidents are becoming more common. An upcoming seminar will focus on the keys to driving safely as you get older.

"This seminar is targeting adults with aging parents and adults who are aging themselves...to learn how to detect signs that may affect their safety for driving," Rehab Specialist Stormie Williamson told News 2's John Pastorek this morning on 2une In.

There are many different risk factors you may be unaware of including recent medical conditions, anxiety when driving, confusion with road signs or the gas pedal/break or new medications they may be taking.

"We provide an assessment that normal physicians may not be able to see...in clinics," Williamson explains.

Roxanne Bingham with the Baton Rouge Rehab Hospital says they want to see anyone who's noticed changes when they're driving.

"We want to see those with the aging process who may be uncomfortable behind the wheel and aren't quite sure if they should drive or not drive," she says. "Or you may have that parent you're scared to get in the car with."

The 'Key to Safe Driving for Seniors' Seminar is Tuesday, February 24th at noon at the Baton Rouge Rehab Hospital.



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