Rancho Santa Fe Senior Scene: ‘How to Stay Safe on the Road’

By Terrie Litwin, RSF Senior Center, executive director

Taking Charge: How to Stay Safe on the Road

Driver safety is an important and often sensitive issue for seniors. The changes of normal aging can sometimes interfere with the ability to drive. Because everyone ages differently, some individuals can continue to drive safely into their eighties and beyond while others cannot or should not. Although older adults are at a higher risk for accidents than other age groups and are more likely to be seriously injured than younger drivers, they actually have lower rates of fatal crashes than teenage drivers. They are more likely to obey speed limits, wear safety belts, refrain from driving while under the influence of alcohol, and take fewer risks than other groups. Their adherence to traffic laws and rules of the road supports the contention that when older drivers have an accident, they are more likely to injure themselves than others. Also, license renewals drop for drivers in their 80s even as this age group expands, suggesting that many seniors recognize their diminished driving skills and choose alternate means of transportation. Some, rather than giving up driving completely, choose familiar, less challenging routes, avoid freeway driving, driving at night and other aspects of driving that could cause anxiety or accidents.

On Friday, Dec. 7, at 2 p.m., Public Affairs Officer James Gaffney, with the California Highway Patrol, will present “Taking Charge: How to Stay Safe on the Road.” Please join us at the Senior Center for this important presentation.

Aging in Place and Universal Design Concepts

Universal design is a design approach which helps individuals live safely and comfortably in their homes regardless of age, mobility, or physical stature. Although once thought to decrease a home’s appeal, universal design features can actually enhance the living spaces and increase the value of a home. Many innovative and attractive products can be used to enhance décor as well as provide improved livability. With one in every four individuals in the United States over 50 years of age, and individuals 85 years old and older the fastest growing segment of the population, incorporating the principles of universal design is more important than ever. Please join us at the Senior Center on Wednesday, Dec. 12, at 2 p.m. for a presentation by Beppie Mostert, Certified Aging in Place Specialist and owner of Living Design Interiors. Topics that will be discussed include: What it means to “age in place”, the benefits of universal design concepts, examples of universal design remodels, and options and next steps to create a senior friendly environment.

Clarifying Your Philanthropic Vision

When you have causes that are important to you, it is vital to know that you are giving in the most effective ways possible. Join us at the Senior Center on Friday, Dec. 14, at 2 p.m. to learn how you can get the most out of giving to others. Topics to be discussed include: philanthropic intent, tax benefits of charitable giving, types of charitable gifts, outright gifts, donor advised funds vs. private family foundations, charitable remainder trusts, zero estate tax plan, and wealth replacement trusts.

Presenters include Brad Benter, first vice president with the Pacific Point Group at UBS Financial Services and Lisa Snyder, director, UBS Financial Services.

Holiday Music Appreciation

Presented by Randy Malin

Monday, Dec. 10

2-4 p.m.