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Older Driver Awareness Week

December 6, 2010

The first week of December has been designated Older Driver Awareness Week. Gold River Elder Law Attorney Heather Chubb urges the community to include future transportation needs in their long-term care planning.

Heather Chubb, a local Elder Law Attorney, joins the American Occupational Therapy Association in observing Older Driver Awareness week which is December 6th through the 10th This is a good time to think about the older members of your family and see if it is time to make other arrangements for them to get around. Luckily there are a variety of options to help you decide if it is time. The American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) has people that are trained to evaluate a person’s overall ability to operate a vehicle safely and provide rehabilitation, if necessary.

In addition, you should review your will or trust and make sure that your long-term care plan includes provisions for ensuring that you or your loved one can remain mobile after they are no longer able to drive themselves around.

“It is very important to ensure that older people have access to transportation so they can remain active in the community”, says Chubb. “Not being able to drive should not mean that people can no longer volunteer, work, or shop in their community. It is important to make sure that they are not stranded at home.”

For more information about long-term care planning, contact Heather Chubb by calling (916) 241-9661 or emailing her at

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Heather was wonderful. She explained, in understandable terms, why it is important to establish an estate plan. I never realized what would happen, without a plan in place, and we could not bear the thought of our child in arms of absolute strangers while the court system sorted out his future.

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