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Dobbs: Flawed Research

FLAWED CONCLUSION AUTHOR – ROBERT GIFFORD, PhD Author information ? Copyright and License information ? Allen Dobbs’ conflict of interest in the study “Accuracy of the DriveABLE cognitive assessment to determine cognitive fitness to drive”1 appears to have coloured the interpretation of the results to an unacceptable degree, and the manuscript’s conclusions should have been […]

Cognitive screening

COGNITIVE SCREENING OF OLDER DRIVERS DOES NOT PRODUCE SAFETY RESUTS. Abstract Although screening policies for older drivers based on chronological age are widely used in many countries, previous research has shown that increasing age does not cause higher crash rates and that consequently, chronological age per se is at best only a weak predictor of […]

Former premier Ed Stelmach chairs Covenant Health

Honourable Premier Ed. Stelmach named new Covenant Health Chair, is quoted as “I have always had a tremendous interest in making sure we take care of the most vulnerable” Tragically, in 2002, the Operator Licensing & Vehicle Control Regulation of the Alberta Traffic Safety Act, Alberta Regulation 320/2002, Section 16(2) was changed. The change required […]

Press Release

Seniors across Alberta, have been subjected to an injustice of unspeakable magnitude. Silence, surrounding the violation of senior rights, has been deafening. We have publicly alleged that the Simard MD & DriveABLE pilot project is a massive, sophisticated multi-million dollar scam which has been perpetrated against the older citizens of this Province by government and […]

Albertan fights for right to drive

ELDER ABUSE BY GOVERNMENT. Judy Sutter did not expect she would ever be fighting for her father’s driving licence. That is, until the day he faced provincial SIMARD MD and the DriveABLE assessments, when his driving future began to look uncertain. “Until the day the government took his licence away, dad was able to drive […]

No Benefit to Cognitive Screening

  TASK FORCE FINDINGS: MD’S SHOULD SCREEN FOR COGNITIVE IMPAIRMENT ONLY IF SYMPTOMATIC It’s about time someone called the screening of patients aged 65 and older for mild cognitive impairment–unless they have symptoms like memory loss–a total waste of money and time. The Canadian Task Force on Preventive Health Care (CTFPHC) was established by the […]

Dr. Emily Stevenson

REGISTERED MAIL June 30, 2014 College of Physicians and Surgeons 2700 Telus Plaza South 10020 100th Street Edmonton, AB. T5J 0N3 Attention: Complaints Director Complaint re: Dr. Emily Stevenson, MD Westgrove Medical Clinic 201-505 QUEEN ST Spruce Grove, Alberta, T7X 2V2 Reference: Ms. L. On January 13, 2014, Ms.L. attended at the Westgrove Medical Clinic […]

B.C. senior loses driver’s licence after miscommunication

A B.C. senior says she has lost her independence after being required to re-take her driver’s licence test and then failing it — two outcomes she’s blaming on a lack of language skills, not driving skills. Aino Leskinen, 84, came to Canada from Finland when she was 33. She couldn’t speak English, but could drive. […]

Age-based Screening Ineffective

EFPA  European Federation of Psychologists Association Age-based Population screening for Fitness to Drive AENEAS Final conference Green Mobility for Active Aging APRIL 2011 Age-Based population screening for fitness to drive does not produce any safety benefits EFPA Position statement on Age-Based Population Screening for Fitness to drive   This document is a brief summary of selected […]

Grimmer Estate Case

British Columbia (Superintendent of Motor Vehicles) v. British Columbia (Council of Human Rights) From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia British Columbia (Superintendent of Motor Vehicles) v. British Columbia (Council of Human Rights), [1999] 3 S.C.R. 868, known as the Grismer Estate case, is a leading Supreme Court of Canada decision on human rights law. The Court held that the British […]

Collateral Damages

Elder Advocates Of Alberta Society December 13, 2014 Via Email letters The Honourable Mr. Wayne Drysdale, Minister of Transportation, # 324 Legislature Building 10800 97 Avenue, Edmonton, AB, Canada T5K 2B6 Dear Mr. Minister: IS DRIVEABLE A GOVERNMENT TEST? (attached) Please be advised that in fact DriveABLE makes the determination as to who will drive. […]

License After $1000 & Year of Stress

CRESTON ADVANCE Thursday, Jan. 9, 2014  SENIOR GETS LICENCE AFTER $1,000 AND YEAR OF STRESS To the editor: My last letter on DriveABLE tests (April 25, 2013) appeared when I was already into the second round of tests. So, I again had the tests in the doctor’s office, and later the computer and the road […]

Keep Older Drivers on the Road

Mandatory medical screening of older drivers – which has been imposed in some European countries and is proposed in the UK – is not evidence-based and may have dangerous consequences, a gerontologist has said. “Age-related medical screening should be abolished,” said Professor Desmond O’Neill, consultant physician in geriatric and stroke medicine at Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland, […]

Police Target Distracted Drivers

Edmonton police officers handed out more than 480 tickets for distracted driving during a 24 hour blitz. About 463 or more were issued to drivers using cell phones. The fine for distracted driving rose from $172.00 to $ 287.00. It is difficult to extrapolate how many traffic fatalities are related to distracted driving. But Sgt. […]

Brian Mason Meeting

Elder Advocates Of Alberta Society August 6, 2015 Via Email letter brian.mason@gov.ab.ca   adele.peters@gov.ab.ca The Honourable Mr. Brian Mason  Minister of Transportation,    # 324 Legislature Building 10800 97 Avenue, Edmonton, AB, Canada T5K 2B6 Dear Mr. Minister: REFERENCE – MEETING – MASS MONITORING OF ALBERTA’S SAFEST DRIVERS We would be grateful to meet with […]