Are You a Smart Driver?

After completing two evidence-based courses offered by KEIRO®, Richard Murakami has been encouraging his peers to take advantage of KEIRO’s free Genki Living® programs. Richard commented on his experiences with A Matter of Balance, designed to help participants prevent falls and increase activity levels among older adults, and Smart Driver (previously known as Driver Safety), presented in partnership with AARP, which offers strategies to help older drivers maintain confidence behind the wheel. He shared, “I believe everyone over 65 [years of age] should take this class. It reminds you of what’s important to do and you learn new things, too.”

Richard, along with Japanese American National Museum volunteers, enrolled in A Matter of Balance, offered by KEIRO at JANM over the summer. He pointed out the convenience of the familiar location combined with participating in the course with fellow museum volunteers made the course even more enjoyable.

In addition to the important driving reminders, Richard and his wife realized an immediate cost savings in their auto insurance premium when they showed proof of their participation to their insurance company. An added benefit, Richard points out.


Richard Murakami discusses his experiences with KEIRO staff member, Christina Tatsugawa

KEIRO’s Genki Living Programs offered in the community include Vitality Forums like the AARP Smart Driver classroom course, which teaches proven safety strategies to maintain confidence behind the wheel.  For so many older adults, driving means independence. This refresher course highlights necessary skills for drivers as we age, how to adjust driving to compensate for age-related physical changes, helpful techniques and more.


AARP Smart Driver classroom course ($20/person or $15/AARP member, class fee paid to AARP)

November 8 AND November 10, 2016 (8:00 a.m. to Noon)

East San Gabriel Valley Japanese Community Center

For more information or to register for an upcoming course, please contact Kanako Fukuyama at 213.873.5709 or

KEIRO® is expanding our reach from a focus on long term health care facilities to broadly engaging and supporting thousands of Japanese American and Japanese older adults throughout Los Angeles, Orange, and Ventura counties. KEIRO provides services to older adults and caregivers, along with programs for residents of KEIRO’s former facilities—helping older adults in Our Community to age the way they choose. Find out more at:

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