How Difficult is it for Elderly to Give up their Car?


The importance of driving for older people and how the pain of driving cessation can be reduced (11 page pdf, Charles Musselwhite, Signpost: Journal of Dementia and Mental Health, 2011)

Also discussed here: Too old to drive? So now what? (Adrian Davis, World Streets, Dec. 19, 2013)

Today we review an article that examined the challenge that will eventually affect all of us- giving up driving one’s car because of old age. This is not only a shock that could lead to depression or worse if unprepared but statistics show that more and more of those over 65 are driving, especially females. The trend toward poor urban design in many cities that encourages sprawl and a dependence on having a car does not help.  Public transit is not a viable option for many seniors. Solutions include involving seniors in training and developing social outlets in the community to seek out ways to lead happy lives without dependence on a car.

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To see Key Quotes and Links to key reports about this post, click HERE

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