Articles tagged with: Driving

Seniors & Driving: Finding the Right Car

Posted by: The Bristal

Most people associate driving with independence. Being able to drive independently is how we get from place to place and stay connected with family, friends and our community. But aging creates undeniable physical changes. Some of which may make driving a little more challenging. Reduced range of motion and vision impairments are two common examples.

In many respects, seniors are considered to be among the safest drivers on the road. They tend to wear their seatbelts in greater numbers, rarely drink and drive, and are more likely to obey speed limits. What puts them at greater risk, however, is they … read more

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Senior Citizen Drivers: Exercise Improves Challenges

Posted by: The Bristal

As the number of adults over the age of 65 continues to climb, the average age of drivers on our roads today climbs too. Contrary to popular belief, the risk in having more older drivers on the roads isn’t that they cause harm to other drivers or pedestrians. According to the Institute for Highway Safety, older drivers have fewer accidents that cause harm to others than teenagers do. Older drivers are more likely to have an accident where they harm themselves.

A recent study released from MIT AgeLab and The Hartford Center for Mature Market Excellence shed light on the … read more

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Senior Citizens Behind the Wheel

Posted by: The Bristal

Dear Maryellen,

I’m very concerned about my 85 year old father. He’s starting to show early signs of dementia and still drives. He enjoys getting out of the house and running errands but he insists on driving himself. I’m afraid he’s going to get into an accident.   – Elizabeth, Holbrook, NY

Dear Elizabeth,

You’re not alone in worrying about your father’s safety behind the wheel. A recent survey shows almost one in ten adults have this same concern. The first step is assessment. The Department of Motor Vehicle recommends taking a ride with your father and watching for the following:

Did he … read more

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