The Hartford Center for Mature Market Excellence® has created helpful publications on topics ranging from family conversations about driving safety to home design ideas. Many were developed from research conducted jointly by the Center and the MIT AgeLab.
Car Safety Guides
Your Road Ahead
A Guide to Comprehensive Driving Evaluations
This guidebook describes the benefits of having a comprehensive driving evaluation from an occupational therapist with specialized driver evaluation training.
At the Crossroads
Family Conversations About Alzheimer’s Disease, Dementia & Driving
This guidebook helps families determine when it’s time for loved ones with dementia to stop driving and helps them cope with driving cessation.
Also available in Spanish (download only): En la encrucijada: conversaciones familiares sobre la enfermedad de Alzheimer, demencia y conducción de automóviles.
At the Crossroads
Support Group Leaders Kit on Alzheimer's Disease, Dementia and Driving
This kit is a four-session educational workshop for delivery by support group leaders to caregivers on dementia and driving.
We Need to Talk
Family Conversations with Older Drivers
This guidebook gives families easy-to-use, practical information to help them plan ahead and initiate productive and caring conversations with older adults about driving safely.
Also available in Spanish (download only): Tenemos que hablar: conversaciones familiares con conductores de edad avanzada.
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Your Road to Confidence
A Widow’s Guide to Buying, Selling and Maintaining a Car
This guidebook empowers widows to take control of their driving future and confidently buy, sell and maintain a car.
Home Safety Guides (Download only)
Remodeling Today for A Better Tomorrow
Design Ideas for the Kitchen and Bathroom
This guidebook provides ideas to consider when remodeling your kitchen and bathroom to make it more convenient, comfortable and safe.
Modern Ideas, Modern Living
Home Design and Planning for the Lifestyle You Want
This guidebook encourages you to think about the next step in your lifestyle and how to ensure that your home will fit you, and provides information to help you think through the options and talk with people who are important to you about these decisions.
Practical Ideas and Products to Enhance Independent Living
This guidebook features more than 200 simple design ideas and household products that can make your home more comfortable, convenient and safe.
It Could Happen to Me
Family Conversations about Disaster Planning
Natural disasters don't happen every day, but repercussions can be severe. Having a disaster plan can help prevent loss of life and reduce property damage, lessen stress around recovery and rebuilding, and decrease time it takes to get your life back in order.
The Calm Before the Storm
Family Conversations About Disaster Planning, Caregiving, Alzheimer's Disease and Dementia
This publication helps caregivers better prepare for natural disasters by planning with family, friends and others. It includes worksheets, checklists and helpful resources.
A Smart Way to Prevent, Detect and Escape Home Fires
Fire safety is not a one-time project. You must continually be on guard against the fire hazards in your home. This valuable booklet can help you and your family prevent, detect and escape home fires.