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SJMO Hosts AARP Driver Safety Program
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St. Joseph Mercy Oakland Hosts Aarp Driver Safety Program

Drivers 50 and Up are Eligible to Participate

Pontiac, Mich.—St. Joseph Mercy Oakland (SJMO) will partner with the AARP—formerly American Association of Retired Persons—to offer the AARP Driver Safety Program in March.  The program is designed especially for drivers age 50 and over.

The eight-hour course will meet for two four-hour sessions from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 6 and again Thursday, March 8 in the Gagliardi Room of the SJMO Anthony Franco Communication Center, 44405 Woodward Ave., Pontiac.

AARP Driver Safety Program participants learn how to deal with the effects of aging on driving, identify most common crash situations that seniors face, reduce the chance of a crash, update knowledge of today’s roads and identify when driving may no longer be safe.  Topics to be covered include:

  • Maintaining proper following distance
  • Methods of changing lanes and turning at intersections
  • Negotiating roundabouts
  • Effects of medication on driving
  • Limiting driver distractions
  • Properly using seat belts, air bags and anti-lock brakes
  • Maintaining physical flexibility
  • Monitoring skills and capabilities
  • Minimizing the effects of dangerous blind spots

Over the past 32 years, more than 13 million drivers have enrolled in the course nationwide. There are no tests required.  Those who complete the course receive a certificate of completion and may qualify for a reduction on their vehicle insurance premium.  Participants should contact their insurance company or agent for more details.

The program is limited to 25 participants.  There is a charge for this program: $12 for AARP members and $14 for non-AARP members, which covers all course materials, including workbooks.  To register, call the SJMO call center, 800-372-6094. 

About St. Joseph Mercy Oakland
St. Joseph Mercy Oakland is a 443-bed comprehensive, community, teaching hospital and a long-time leader in health care in Oakland County.  Founded in 1927 by the Sisters of Mercy, St. Joseph Mercy Oakland has won numerous local and national awards for patient safety, quality and performance, and consistently ranks in the top 10 percent of hospitals nationwide.  A member of the Saint Joseph Mercy Health System, St. Joseph Mercy Oakland is a technologically leading hospital that combines advanced medicine and personal care to assist patients on their path to wellness. With dedicated physicians, nurses and hospital staff committed to providing quality care throughout the patient stay, St. Joseph Mercy Oakland has truly personalized the patient care experience.

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About Saint Joseph Mercy Health System
Saint Joseph Mercy Health System (SJMHS) is a newly expanded health care organization serving southeast Michigan. Health coverage spans six counties, including Livingston, Macomb, Oakland, St. Clair, Washtenaw and Wayne. It includes 537-bed St. Joseph Mercy in Ann Arbor, 443-bed St. Joseph Mercy Oakland in Pontiac, 304-bed St. Mary Mercy in Livonia, 136-bed St. Joseph Mercy Livingston in Howell, 119-bed St. Joseph Mercy Port Huron, 113-bed Chelsea Community Hospital and 74-bed St. Joseph Mercy Saline. Combined, the seven hospitals are licensed for 1,726 beds, have five outpatient health centers, six urgent care facilities, more than 25 specialty centers; employ more than 14,000 individuals and have a medical staff of nearly 2,700 physicians. 

A member of Trinity Health, the nation’s fourth largest Catholic health care organization, SJMHS is committed to providing a remarkable patient experience by using leading edge technology in a comforting and healing environment. As a mission-based organization, Saint Joseph Mercy Health System provides approximately $100 million in community benefit to the communities it serves each year.
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