UMass Boston News

Older Driver Safety Summit: Planning a Safe and Mobile Future for Massachusetts

Event Start Date: June 16, 2015 - 8:30 a.m.
Event End Date: June 16, 2015 - 4 p.m.
Location: Campus Center, 3rd Floor, Ballroom

Hosted by UMass Boston's Gerontology Institute, this event is designed to create a five-year plan to reduce crashes and improve older driver safe mobility across the commonwealth.

We are on the threshold of the greatest later-life demographic surge in human history. Between 2010 and 2030, the 65-and-over population of Massachusetts will increase by 61 percent, making older driver safety a greater concern than ever. The unprecedented growth of the 65+ population in Massachusetts will influence every aspect of life in the Commonwealth, including its overall economy, health care, social services, and transportation.

The quality of life of older adults (and the people who care about them) depends on how well we prepare for this new reality.The institute’s expertise in this area is a point of special pride—three of our faculty, Kathrin Boerner, Elizabeth Dugan, Nina Silverstein, are national leaders in policy research and practice on older drivers and are regularly featured in the national media.

We are excited to be a part of this summit, which will create dialogue around research, practice, policy, and innovation regarding older driver safety.

Program booklet

To be added to the invitation list, email UMassSafe@ecs.umass.edu.

Planning Agencies and Organizations

  • AAA/Southern New England
  • EOPSS Highway Safety Division
  • Executive Office of Health and Human Services/Human Service Transportation Office
  • Federal Highway Administration
  • Independent Transportation Network
  • Massachusetts Councils on Aging
  • Massachusetts Department of Public Health
  • Massachusetts Medical Society
  • MassDOT Highway Division
  • MassDOT Registry of Motor Vehicles Division
  • National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
  • University of Massachusetts Boston Gerontology Institute
  • University of Massachusetts Traffic Safety Research Program (UMassSafe) at UMass Amherst

For disability-related accommodations, including dietary accommodations, please visit www.ada.umb.edu two weeks prior to the event.