Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Senior Driving Class Offered at Gottlieb Memorial Hospital

Insurance discounts often available to drivers who take class

MELROSE PARK, Ill. – Drivers ages 50 and older are invited to brush up on driving skills at the AARP Safe Driving Class at Gottlieb Memorial Hospital. More than 9 million Americans have graduated from the AARP driving program. About 1 percent of Americans who are ages 50 and older join an AARP driving program every year. “Age-related changes in vision, hearing and reaction time happen to many of us and they directly impact our driving ability,” said Dorothy Bourgeois, manager, Gottlieb Geriatric Behavioral Health Unit. “Approximately 80 percent of the AARP course graduates report that taking the course has resulted in a positive change in their driving behavior.” As an added bonus, many automobile insurance companies provide premium discounts to AARP driver safety course graduates. Gottlieb AARP driver safety class participants can expect to learn: *How to minimize the effects of dangerous blind spots *How to maintain the proper following distance behind another car *The safest ways to change lanes and make turns at busy intersections *Proper use of safety belts, air bags, anti-lock brakes and new technology *The effects of medications on driving

The AARP Safe Driving Course at Gottlieb is offered as a two-day session on Tuesday, June 2, and Wednesday, June 3, from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. at the Gottlieb Professional Office Building, 675 W. North Ave., Melrose Park. The cost is $12 for AARP members who provide an AARP membership number; $14 non-members. Please make check payable to AARP.

To register, call Janette Johns at (708) 681-3200, ext. 2408.

About Loyola University Health System

Loyola University Health System (LUHS) is part of Trinity Health. Based in the western suburbs of Chicago, LUHS is a quaternary care system with a 61-acre main medical center campus, the 36-acre Gottlieb Memorial Hospital campus and more than 30 primary and specialty care facilities in Cook, Will and DuPage counties. Loyola University Medical Center’s campus is conveniently located in Maywood, 13 miles west of Chicago’s Loop and 8 miles east of Oak Brook, Ill. At the heart of the medical center campus is a 559-licensed-bed hospital that houses a Level 1 Trauma Center, a Burn Center and the Ronald McDonald® Children's Hospital of Loyola University Medical Center. Also on campus are the Cardinal Bernardin Cancer Center, Loyola Outpatient Center, Center for Heart & Vascular Medicine and Loyola Oral Health Center as well as Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine, Loyola University Chicago Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing and the Loyola Center for Fitness. Loyola's Gottlieb campus in Melrose Park includes the 255-licensed-bed community hospital, the Professional Office Building housing 150 private practice clinics, the Adult Day Care, the Gottlieb Center for Fitness, Loyola Center for Metabolic Surgery and Bariatric Care and the Loyola Cancer Care & Research at the Marjorie G. Weinberg Cancer Center at Melrose Park.

Trinity Health is a national Catholic health system with an enduring legacy and a steadfast mission to be a transforming and healing presence within the communities we serve. Trinity is committed to being a people-centered health care system that enables better health, better care and lower costs. Trinity Health has 88 hospitals and hundreds of continuing care facilities, home care agencies and outpatient centers in 21 states and 119,000 employees.