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Friday, February 21, 2014

Driver Rehab: Helping To Keep Seniors Safe On The Road

As baby boomers approach older age, they and their children are increasingly seeking out driver rehabilitation specialists. (Brenda Anderson/Flickr)

As baby boomers approach older age, they and their children are increasingly seeking out driver rehabilitation specialists. (Brenda Anderson/Flickr)

The National Institutes of Health predicts that by 2030, almost 1 out of every 5 Americans — some 72 million people — will be 65 years or older. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, there are about 35 million licensed drivers over 65. That’s up 20 percent since 2003.

Interestingly, these drivers don’t pose the most danger. That honor goes to teens and people over 75. But as baby boomers approach older age, they and their children are increasingly seeking out driver rehabilitation specialists.

Anne Hegberg, a driver rehabilitation specialist at Marianjoy Rehabilitation Hospital in Wheaton, Illinois, joins Here & Now’s Robin Young with details.

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