By MATTHEW STURDEVANT, email@example.com
The Hartford Courant
5:16 PM EDT, May 1, 2013
A study by The Hartford Financial Services Group and MIT found that drivers in their 60s and early 70s who performed specific exercises improved their physical ability to drive a car.
Those who took part in the study found that their ability to move while driving was improved by performing certain exercises daily. For example, the participants found it easier to turn around to see blind spots, get into and out of a car, reach the seat-belt buckle and rotate their body to look around while making a turn.
The Hartford's Center for Mature Market Excellence and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology AgeLab conducted a study of people 60 to 74 years old in eastern Massachusetts. Some were assigned to a specially designed exercise program intended to improve strength, range of motion, flexibility and coordination using video games and requiring movement for 15-20 minutes daily for eight to 10 weeks. Others did not take part in a specific exercise program.
"We have been after, for many years, this approach of, 'How do you build a better driver? What is it that we can empower people to do?' Particularly with [Baby] Boomers moving up into, now into their late 60s, so that we can extend their … comfort, their confidence behind the wheel," said Jodi Olshevski, executive director of The Hartford Center for Mature Market Excellence.
The Hartford has a list of exercises, which don't require a video-game system, that would improve an older driver's range of motion while driving. The insurer notes that people should talk to their doctor before doing the exercises, which are available at http://www.thehartford.com/mature-market-excellence.
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