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Simard MD & DriveABLE protocol

REGISTERED MAIL November 7, 2014 Mr. Bill Bland Senior Vice President, Business Development, DriveABLE.Assessment Corp Inc 304-10050 112 Street NW Edmonton, AB. T5K 2J1 Dear Mr. Bland: Simard MD & DriveABLE protocol. We have publicly stated that there appears to be no correlation between the Simard MD & DriveABLE testing and the ability to drive […]

Determining fitness to drive: A troublesome task

As long ago as 1999, the Supreme Court of Canada decided in the case of Terry Grismer to instruct all motor vehicle licensing authorities to make fitness-to-drive decisions on the basis of functional capacity, not simply by diagnosis, as had been done previously. Mr Grismer was the operator of a mining truck and wanted to […]

Physician elder abuse

HAND DELIVERED May 6, 2010 Mr. Fred Horne, MLA, Edmonton Rutherford, 308 Saddleback Road NW, Edmonton, Alberta T6J 4R7 Dear Mr. Horne: Thank you for meeting with me and a member of the Elder Advocates of Alberta Society on the afternoon of Friday, January 22nd, 2010 concerning driving issues. Thank you for your correspondence of […]

Alberta College of Family Physicians Discriminates Against Seniors.

January 28, 2015 Dr. Patricia Smith,MD, BSc, LMCC,CCF President Alberta College of Family Physicians Edmonton, AB. Dear Dr. Smith: In 2003 legislation was passed to require Albertans at age 75 and thereafter to provide evidence of a medical examination in order to renew their driving license. This was an act of blatant discrimination against seniors, […]

Commentary: Derrel R. Dular Managing Director of Alliance of Seniors

Mr. Derrell R. Dular, Managing Director, Alliance of Seniors/Older Canadians Network, Dear Sir, re:   Discrimination of Elderly Drivers of Ontario, Alberta and British Columbia. The three Provinces mentioned above have entered into the discrimination of Elderly Drivers by requiring them to undergo special testing, upon reaching the age of 80 years, whether or not accident […]

Publishing and promoting ageism, willful untruths and fraudulent misrepresentation

HAND DELIVERED January 5, 2015 Mrs. Bonnie M. Dobbs PhD, Director, MARD Centre, University of Alberta, 1704 College Plaza, 8215 112 Street, Edmonton, AB. T6G 2C8 Dear Madam: Reference: Publishing and promoting ageism, willful untruths and fraudulent misrepresentation On the “Homestretch”, CBC radio, December 5, 2014, you stated to listeners: “Starting at about age 70, […]

DriveABLE Employee fails to treat clients with respect

REGISTERED MAIL May 4, 2015 Dr. Allen R. Dobbs, Chairman of Board, CEO & President DriveABLE Assessment Centres Inc. 10650 113 Street, Edmonton, AB. T5H 3H6 Dear Sir: Reference: Laura Morgensen, DriveABLE Assessment Centres Please be advised, that it has been reported to us that your above named employee fails to treat senior clients with […]

Unreliable driving test a ‘crapshoot’ for most seniors

By Gillian Slade on December 4, 2014. gslade@medicinehatnews.com @MHNGillianSlade The cognitive test some seniors are asked to take in their doctor’s office is so unreliable in assessing their skills to drive a vehicle that it has no value, says a physician. The SimardMD test is a very rapid pencil and paper test designed to see if […]

Klassen: Seniors’ tests have nothing to do with driving ability (with poll)

“If you want to know what constitutes the cognitive test doctors give to Alberta seniors over the age of 75, just ask 81-year-old Lois Mooney, and you’ll get a spittin’ earful. For a driving test, it’s ridiculous, she’ll tell you, and one that is discriminatory to make her take just because she’s had a birthday. […]

Monitoring Alberta’s Safest Drivers

In a detailed Brief to the Government of Alberta, dated November 25, 2014, we have respectfully asked that Alberta Legislators revisit the Operator Licensing and Vehicle Control Regulation of the Alberta Traffic Safety Act, Alberta Regulation 320/2002 and repeal Section 16[2]. Thus causing to cease the requirement for Albertans to report for medical assessments at the age […]

The Myths and Facts about Older Drivers

Dr. Bonnie Dobbs again produces misinformation. THE “MYTHS AND FACTS ABOUT OLDER DRIVERS,” HAS NOW BEEN REMOVED FROM THE MARD WEBSITE. 06/04/18

Older drivers do not have a high crash risk

Courtesy Road Safety Observatory: Key Findings: Different driver age groups cannot be validly compared for crash involvement, if crash rates have been calculated solely on the basis of distance travelled. The present study has shown that after being matched for yearly driving distance, most drivers aged 75 years and above were safer than younger age […]

EFPA finds older drivers do not have increased accident risk

“In conclusion, Older drivers generally do not have an increased accident risk. All studies that have evaluated the safety effects of age based population screening for fitness to drive have failed to document any safety benefits from this type of screening.  On the contrary studies indicate that this type of screening may have an indirect […]

Annual compulsory medical test for elderly drivers axed in Australia

 ANNUAL medical tests for drivers aged 70 and over will be scrapped to encourage older people to remain active in the community and because evidence shows they do not lower crash rates. The State Government move follows research that shows Victoria, which does not have age-based testing, has a crash rate similar to South Australia […]

Canadian Geriatrics Journal finds no association between SIMARD and doctor’s decisions

In a conclusion published in the Canadian Geriatrics Journal, an article titled “Comparison of the SIMARD MD to Clinical Impression in Assessing Fitness to Drive in Patients with Cognitive Impairment” reports “There was no association between the SIMARD MD scores and the geriatricians’ clinical decision regarding fitness to drive in persons with mild dementia or mild […]