SENIORS MATTER PROGRAM
The SafeLIGHT Foundation’s Seniors Matter program is the proud recipient of a 2022 Community Challenge Grant.
With the aging of the baby boomer generation, people over 65 are the fastest-growing population in the U.S. By 2030, there will be more than 70 million people age 65 and older, with between 85–90 percent of them licensed to drive. The Seniors Matter program helps educate senior citizens about safe driving practices. In addition, the SafeLIGHT Foundation hosts safe driving seminars focused on reintroducing seniors to the rules of the road, and trains seniors on how to use the new technology that is featured in modern cars.
Access to transportation provides easier access to health care, increased social engagement, and an improved subjective quality of daily life for senior citizens. While driving offers senior citizens a sense of independence, seniors should be informed about safe driving practices. This program includes education on new automotive technology, as well as ways to incorporate inexpensive vehicle adaptations to improve safety, thus reducing the risk of collisions. According to the Centers for Disease Control, seniors aged 65 and over are more than twice as likely as younger drivers to be killed when involved in crashes. The SafeLIGHT Foundation emphasizes a focus on safety and understands the importance of mobility and transportation to ensure senior citizens remain active in their communities.