Driving Safety Tips for Seniors

Despite older drivers having a higher accident rate, many senior are keen to keep hold of their license for as long as possible. And understandably so.  Driving can be a wonderful experience and is often the key to staying independent. But the stark reality is that as we age our driving changes and unfortunately, not always for the better. But there are some simple ways you can stay safe and enjoy worry-free driving for as long as possible.

Keep up to date with hearing and sight tests

Being a driver is all about reacting to what happens around you. To be able to do this, you need to make sure that you are in the best physical health possible, and this includes attending all appointments for hearing and sight tests when required. This gives you the chance to ensure that you are in optimum control of your vehicle, and you will notice if there is ever a problem.

Be aware of your limitations

Although you will, of course, want to drive as much as possible, you should be aware and accepting of what you can and can’t do. For example, if you know that you feel uncomfortable due to stiffening joints after half an hour behind the wheel, you should limit journeys to this length, or at least schedule regular breaks. Driving when you know there is something causing a problem for you can cause accidents, as it may take some of your attention away from the road.

Keep your employer informed 

There are many jobs that might require you to drive for a living, and if you want to remain at work rather than taking retirement it is vital that you make sure you are safe behind the wheel.  Having an open conversation with your employer is a great way to start this, as it means that they can understand any issues you might have with driving, and help you to solve them. There may be a way to adjust your workload to make it more suited to your driving abilities, and this means you can stay in work safely.

Take a refresher course

The roads are changing all the time, and because of this, it is always a good idea to take a refresher course. This can give you the confidence to drive as you wish without worrying, and the reassurance of a professional can help you to be as comfortable as possible while behind the wheel in the future.

For many seniors, driving is a crucial part of staying active and independent as they get older. It is important however that you recognize how your driving ability can change significantly as you age. But by looking after your health, keeping up-to-date with all your appointments and always being honest with yourself, you can ensure you stay safe on the road.

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Day Trip to Lincoln’s Cottage, Wednesday, April 17th

Screen Shot 2019-03-05 at 6.45.55 PM.pngPlan a Day Trip to Lincoln’s Cottage, Washington, DC!

Wednesday, April 17, 2019
Bus pick up is at United Baptist Church
7100 Columbia Pike, Annandale, VA  22003
Board the bus at 10:00 am.

Start the day with a self-guided tour in the Visitor’s Center, then take a 1 hour tour through the cottage. See where the Lincolns lived and where he drafted the Emancipation Proclamation.

Lunch will be on your own at a local restaurant.  Return around 3:30 pm.  Cost is $35 for transportation and tour.   Call to reserve your seat now!

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Lunch N’ Life, Thursday, April 25th

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Join us to hear John Cook, Board of Supervisors – Braddock District which includes Burke, Annandale, Springfield, and Fairfax at a church hall to be determined.

Thursday, April 25, 2019
11:30 am–1:00 pm

Open to the public—all are welcome!  Cost is $10 for lunch and presentation.   Please call the SCAS office at 703-941-1419 or send an email to shepherdscas@vacoxmail.com to reserve your seat by Monday, April 22nd.   Send your check to the SCAS office. Our meals are catered so pre-payment is required.

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Irish Dance Presentation Saturday, March 30th

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Let’s keep the St. Patrick’s Day celebration going a little bit longer!  Join us to see The Shannon Dunne Dancers perform Irish step dancing.

Saturday, March 30, 2019
12 Noon to 2:30 pm

At the
United Baptist Church
7100 Columbia Pike,
Annandale, VA  22003

Open to the public—all are welcome!  Cost is $20 for lunch and presentation. Or bring a friend and each pays only $15.   Support ACCA Food Bank by bringing a non-perishable food.

Please call the SCAS office at 703-941-1419 or send an email to shepherdscas@vacoxmail.com to reserve your seat by Monday, March 25th.
Send your check to the SCAS office. Our meals are catered so pre-payment is required.

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Lunch N’ Life February 28, 2019

Join us for lunch and to hear Gabriel Abasi speak about “Enlightening Entertainment”. Funny stories of Life, Humor, Love, and Laughter…

Thursday, February 28th, 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM at
St. Barnabas Episcopal Church
5100 Ravensworth Rd.
Annandale, VA

Cost: $10 (includes lunch and entertainment) All are welcome!

Registration: Please call the office Monday through Friday between 10:00 am to 1:00 pm. at 703-941-1419 or e-mail to shepherdscas@vacoxmail.com by Monday, February 25th. (Reservations and prepayment are required as our lunches are catered)

Send your check to: SCAS, 7610 Newcastle Dr., Annandale, VA 22003

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Lunch N’ Life, January 24, 2019

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“WHAT GOOD IS MUSIC ANYWAY”.   Join us for lunch and a to hear piano music performed by our own Peggy Newhall.

Thursday, January 24th, from 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM at
St. Alban’s Episcopal Church,
6800 Columbia Pike,
Annandale, VA 22003

Peggy will show us how music fits into every part of our lives. Come to the piano concert to hear music which will include classical music, Broadway songs, and spirituals. A few titles include: Memory (from Cats), Deep River, and Sentimental Journey.

Cost: $10 (includes lunch and entertainment) All are welcome!

Registration: Please call the office Monday through Friday between 10:00 am to 1:00 pm. at 703-941-1419 or e-mail to shepherdscas@vacoxmail.com by Monday, January 21st. (Reservations and prepayment are required as our lunches are catered)
Send your check to: SCAS, 7610 Newcastle Dr., Annandale, VA 22003

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LNL Christmas Choir – December 6, 2018

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To watch, tap here –  LNL Christmas Choir – December 6, 2018

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Day Trip to Leesburg December 12th

 

On Wednesday, December 12th, board the bus at United Baptist Church at 9:30 am to go shopping in Leesburg, VA.   Just in time for the holidays, see how many of the 113 stores at the Leesburg Corner Premium Outlets you can shop in before you fill the bus.

Lunch will be on your own at The Blue Point Grill in Leesburg.
Return around 3:30 pm.

Cost is $25 for transportation. Call to reserve your seat now!

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