Keep Your Keys

The Keep Your Keys program is a driver-safety course geared toward people 55 and older, caregivers and facilitators, typically health educators, policy or highway patrol departments, nurses, etc. University of Missouri Health Care's Injury Prevention and Outreach Program provide resources for adults – both individuals and caregivers – who may need support to continue driving or retire from driving.

There are four main factors that can affect driving as one ages:

  • Decreased flexibility and strength
  • Decline in vision and/or hearing
  • Cognitive issues
  • Medication interactions

Staying safe on the road

To keep ourselves and our fellow motorists’ safe, it’s essential to self-assess our driving skills on a regular basis.

Ask yourself:

  • Am I unable to keep up with the flow of traffic?
  • Do I find myself getting lost or forgetting where I am going?
  • Do I feel tired when I am driving?
  • Have I been involved in a crash in the past year?
  • Have others expressed a concern regarding my driving?

Take our driving self-assessment.

Whether you’re able to ease into driving retirement or it happens unexpectedly, it’s important to create a transportation plan that helps you stay active and social even if you can no longer drive.

Find transportation

 

Community and facilitator trainings

MU Health Care's Injury Prevention and Outreach team has received funding from the Missouri Department of Transportation to hold free community seminars and facilitator trainings throughout the state, which can be done in-person or virtually.

Upcoming Events

Interested in attending a free Keep Your Keys community seminar? Upcoming events in Missouri include:

  • June 26: Keep Your Keys at 10:30 a.m. Northside Senior Service Center, St. Louis Learn more
  • July 10: Keep Your Keys at 11:00 a.m. Urban League PATCH Center, St. Louis Learn more
  • August 15: Keep Your Keys at 1:00 p.m. St. Patrick Catholic Church, Laurie Learn more
  • June 21: Keep Your Keys at 10:30 a.m. Charleston Nutrition Center, Charleston Learn more
  • June 27: Keep Your Keys at 12:30 p.m. Platte Senior Services, Kansas City Learn more
  • July 27: Keep Your Keys at 11:00 a.m. Skyview Heights Apartments, Waynesville Learn more

If you have any questions, please contact Beth Koster, Coordinator of Outreach, at kosterb@health.missouri.edu.

Keep Your Keys! for the Caregiver

Family members play a key role in noticing changes in driving ability and can do certain things to help their loved ones retire from driving. This role should be approached with care, compassion and proper planning. Our Caregiver Presentation focuses on the steps from beginning the conversation through the implementation of a plan for driving retirement. Tips are provided for observing driving skills, communicating your observations, developing a plan to keep the senior social and active, and evaluating the plan frequently to be sure it is successful.

Learn more about our driving resources