Transportation, driving, and older adults

Desmond O'Neill, David Carr

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Transportation is a crucial factor in maintaining older adult independence, and the automobile is the most important source of transportation for older people. The most important impact of age-related illness on transportation is likely to be a reduction of personal mobility and loss of social connectedness. The most common model for driver assessment would involve a combination of a physician, occupational therapist, neuropsychologist, specialist driving assessor, and social worker. Functional assessment in the clinic may be more useful for identifying potential opportunities to improve intrinsic factors needed to drive and simultaneously be helpful for fall prevention. The very act of highlighting the potential of compromised driving ability may have a therapeutic benefit, promoting an increased vigilance on the part of the patient and carers that their social contract for driving privileges is not the same as that of the general public.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationPathy's Principles and Practice of Geriatric Medicine
Number of pages9
ISBN (Electronic)9781119484288
ISBN (Print)9781119484202
StatePublished - Feb 18 2022


  • Age-related illness
  • Driver assessment
  • Older people
  • Therapeutic benefit
  • Transportation


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