Older Adult Safety and Mobility: Issues and Research Needs

The issue of older adult safety and mobility is complex, especially given the continuing need for effective mobility coupled with the increased fatal crash risk of aged drivers. Researchers have suggested that this issue has two interdependent, underlying goals for research and programs: to help those who are able to drive safely continue to do so and to identify and provide community mobility support to those who are no longer able to drive. This paper discusses the issues and research needs related to older adult safety and mobility, including population and driving trends, crash risks, skills needed for safe driving, the effects of medical conditions and medicines on driving skills, screening and assessment, strategies for extending safe driving, and driving cessation and the use of alternative transportation options. The review highlights that older adults vary greatly in many ways, including their functional declines and their ability to compensate for declines, their financial and social resources, and their personalities. All drivers, but particularly older drivers, need lifelong education to maintain safe mobility. The collaboration of several disciplines will be needed to meet the complex mobility needs of the aging U.S. population.


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  • Accession Number: 01141750
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Oct 1 2009 9:40PM