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2013 Press Releases
Morton Plant Mease Memory Disorders Clinic and Aging Well Team Up to Offer CarFit Checks for Seniors
CLEARWATER, FL (November 11, 2013) – Morton Plant Mease Memory Disorders Clinic and the Aging Well Center are teaming up to offer CarFit, a free, new safety program designed to help older adults learn how the “fit” of their vehicle affects their driving and how to use their vehicle’s safety features. The CarFit event will take place from 10 a.m. to noon on Friday, December 13 at the Aging Well Center at The Long Center, 1501 N. Belcher Road, Clearwater.

Older drivers are considered safer drivers because they are more likely to wear seatbelts and less apt to speed. However, they are more likely to be seriously injured or killed from a car accident due to their bodies’ fragility and improper fit in their cars, CarFit program organizers say.

“As people get older, changes happen in vision, strength, range of motion, weight and height that can cause less comfort making it harder to have control behind the wheel,” says Celisa Bonner, clinic coordinator, Madonna Ptak Center for Alzheimer's and Memory Loss at Morton Plant Mease. “The CarFit program is a good opportunity for a driver to find their safest fit with their car and to increase the driver’s safety on the road as well as the safety of others.”

Drivers who attend the free community event will have a 12-point checklist done in about 20 minutes that includes checking if the driver: is sitting correctly and positioned at least 10 inches from the steering wheel; can reach the pedals easily with one’s foot instead of toes causing slower reaction time; and has the flexibility to adjust mirrors and minimize blind spots. Trained volunteers will recommend car and driver adjustments after the inspection.

Drivers interested in having a CarFit check are asked to pre-register. Call (727) 724-3070.

CarFit is an educational and safety program created by the American Society on Aging, and developed in collaboration with AAA (American Automobile Association), AARP and the American Occupational Therapy Association.

About Morton Plant Mease
Nationally recognized for health care excellence, Morton Plant Mease Health Care is dedicated to providing community owned health care services that set the standard for high-quality, compassionate care. Morton Plant Mease Health Care is comprised of the following hospitals –
Morton Plant, Clearwater; Mease Dunedin, Dunedin; Mease Countryside, Safety Harbor and Morton Plant North Bay, New Port Richey.

About BayCare Health System
BayCare Health System is a leading community-based health system in the Tampa Bay area. Composed of a network of 11 not-for-profit hospitals, outpatient facilities and services such as imaging, lab, behavioral health and home health care, BayCare provides expert medical care throughout a patient’s lifetime. With more than 200 access points conveniently located throughout Tampa Bay, BayCare connects patients to a complete range of preventive, diagnostic and treatment services for any health care need.

BayCare’s family of hospitals are: Mease Countryside, Mease Dunedin, Morton Plant, Morton Plant North Bay, St. Anthony’s, St. Joseph’s, St. Joseph’s Children’s, St. Joseph’s Hospital-North, St. Joseph’s Women’s, South Florida Baptist, and Winter Haven. For more information, visit BayCare on the Web at


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