Everyone has a desire to maintain their independence as they grow older. For most people — especially in the Kansas City region — their independence is linked to their car. Drivers who use smart self-management to review their driving skills can retain their independence longer, while limiting risks to themselves and others. The information on this website is designed to provide older drivers, family, caregivers, and the professionals who work with them, information and resources to keep older drivers safely on the road.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there were approximately 33 million licensed drivers over the age of 65 in the United States in 2009. Like the rest of the United States, the population in Kansas and Missouri is getting older. As the number of older drivers — as well as older passengers, pedestrians, bicyclists and motorcyclists -- in the Kansas City region significantly increases over the next two decades, the issue of transportation safety for this population is a growing concern.
While older drivers tend to be more cautious drivers, they are more likely to be injured or killed in a crash. To help reduce the risk of crashes, there are resources available to help those who have questions about driving safety. This section provides resources and information for the Kansas City area.
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Link for Care is a website that helps individuals find services including transportation, health care, food services, care giving and more. The resources at the Link for Care website can be searched by city or by neighborhood.
The Older Adult Driver and Pedestrian Safety section of the KC Communities for All Ages was made available through Community AGEnda: Improving America for All Ages grant sponsored by the Pfizer Foundation and Grantmakers In Aging, with local funding through the Jewish Heritage Foundation and WJ Brace Charitable Trust, Bank of America, Trustee.