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St. Louis Consortium for Older Driver Education & Research

(formerly "The Older Driver Education & Research Team")

 
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This site is intended to provide general access to educational materials developed by SCODER in partnership with the Division of Highway Safety, Missouri Department of Transportation, the Driver Examination Division, Missouri State Highway Patrol, and the Driver License Bureau, Missouri Department of Revenue. These materials are intended for not-for-profit educational use only, and may not be edited or otherwise altered without prior permission.

What is SCODER?

The St. Louis Consortium for Older Driver Education & Research (SCODER) represents the collective and collaborative projects of an interdisciplinary team of professionals working in the areas of education, healthcare, public policy, and applied research. View SCODER Member Information

SCODER originated with research and education activities sponsored by the Alzheimer's Disease Research Center (ADRC), Department of Neurology, Washington University School of Medicine (J.C. Morris, Principal Investigator; NIA-AG05681).

A multi- and interdisciplinary team of professionals from Washington University and other St. Louis area institutions, including Saint Louis University, the St. Louis VA Medical Center, and the University of Missouri-St. Louis was formed in 2002 pursuant to two projects funded by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration:

Driving and Dementia of the Alzheimer Type:
Beliefs and Cessation Strategies Among Stakeholders
(Perkinson, Berg-Weger, Carr, Meuser, Palmer, Buckles, Powlishta, Foley, & Morris, 2005)
View Full Reference & Abstract
Driving and Dementia in Older Adults:
Implementation and Evaluation of a Continuing Education Project
(Meuser, Carr, Berg-Weger, Niewoehner, & Morris, 2006)
View Full Reference & Abstract

Since 2003, members of SCODER have conducted over 75 workshops on older driver safety for professional and lay audiences, mounted a number of significant research projects, and built a strong base for collaboration with local, regional, national and international colleagues and organizations.

Education of Driver Examiners in Missouri

Through a 2006-2007 education grant to the Washington University ADRC (T.M. Meuser, Principal Investigator & Project Coordinator) funded by the Division of Highway Safety, Missouri Department of Transportation, SCODER members worked with the Driver Examination Division of the Missouri State Highway Patrol to develop and evaluate a multimedia curriculum to train Driver Examiners concerning older driver safety with a special emphasis on recognizing problem areas and detailed documentation.

Driver Examiners in Missouri produce detailed reports on driver behavior and fitness, and this information is used by the Driver License Bureau to determine license eligibility. This educational intervention was intended to enhance the flow and quality of medical and behavioral information in the driver evaluation process. A Cited Driver Worksheet was developed to assist Driver Examiners and Highway Patrol Officers to organize their observations in different functional areas, including vision and orientation.

Missouri is a voluntary reporting state for at-risk drivers. Drivers of any age may be reported to the Driver License Bureau, Missouri Department of Revenue, as potentially unfit due to medical, psychiatric and/or functional conditions. Reports may be submitted by police, driver examiners, license office staff, family members, physicians, and other health and social service professionals. Members of SCODER completed a detailed review of Missouri's voluntary system with support from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety in 2008. The following items may be downloaded from the AAAFTS website:

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