The Association of Frailty with Driving Habits Among Older Adults: AAA LongROAD Study

Quality of life among older adults is dependent upon safe mobility and independence (Albert et al., 2017; Bond et al., 2017; Boot et al., 2014; Chihuri et al., 2016). Crashes and driving space (i.e., how close to home a driver stays) provide objective measures of safe driving, and research shows that older adult drivers who accrue fewer than 3,000 miles per year have higher crash rates per mile driven (Antin et al., 2017). If frailty is associated with these outcomes, interventions targeted at preventing or reducing the symptoms of frailty may lead to improved mobility among older adults (Davis et al., 2011; Gill et al., 2012; Mielenz et al., 2017; Durbin et al., 2017). The present study uses data from the AAA Longitudinal Research on Aging Drivers (LongROAD) study to describe the association of frailty status with driving habits (crashes, driving space and annual mileage). This study found that the frailty phenotype is associated with objectively measured low-mileage driver status, but it is not associated with self-reported crashes and driving space.


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  • Accession Number: 01713097
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: May 29 2019 8:57AM