AARP Driver Safety recognizes Forest Lake Senior Center 

Top host for driver safety classes

Mary Bailey
Community Editor

AARP instructors Keith Hegstrom and Doug Paulson with Forest Lake Senior Center Manager Sharon Lundquist and President Mary Erkenbrack. (Photo by Mary Bailey)

AARP instructors Keith Hegstrom and Doug Paulson with Forest Lake Senior Center Manager Sharon Lundquist and President Mary Erkenbrack. (Photo by Mary Bailey)

AARP has named the Forest Lake Senior Center one of the top 100 hosts for AARP Driver Safety in 2013.  

The senior center has supported AARP Driver Safety since 1988 by collaborating with local volunteers to host its classroom-based driving refresher course, designed to help drivers age 50 and older stay safe and confident behind the wheel.

The top 100 were chosen from more than 18,000 organizations nationwide. 

In 2013 the senior center offered 18 courses, reaching 364 participants in the Forest Lake area. Most classes are taught by Doug Paulson. Keith Hegstrom is also an instructor.

“I’m thankful we are able to provide a comfortable classroom setting for seniors to refresh their memory and learn new information about driving safety,” Senior Center Manager Sharon Lundquist said. “We want to keep them and others as safe as possible on the road.”

Lundquist said seniors like the comfortable atmosphere, with art on the walls and snacks served. They appreciate the courtesy call they receive the day before their class and the convenient location at 767 Fourth St. SW in Forest Lake.

AARP, formerly the American Association of Retired Persons, is a non-governmental interest group founded in 1958.

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