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Can Your Older Patients Drive Safely?

Staplin, Loren PhD; Lococo, Kathy H. BA; Mastromatto, Tia MA; Sifrit, Kathy J. PhD; Trazzera, Kathleen M. RN

AJN The American Journal of Nursing: September 2017 - Volume 117 - Issue 9 - p 34–43
doi: 10.1097/01.NAJ.0000524519.45105.8d
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In many areas of the world, driving is an essential part of life and for reasons of comfort, convenience, and security remains the primary mode of transportation among older adults. Both normal aging and diseases that are more prevalent in advanced age can substantially reduce older drivers’ functional abilities, elevating their risk of involvement in motor vehicle accidents and serious injury or death. Identifying and intervening with older drivers at increased crash risk is an important aspect of preventive medicine. The authors discuss the specific driving risks adults face as they age and how nurses can raise older patients’ awareness of these risks. They also discuss the importance of connecting older adults to community resources that may help them continue driving safely for a longer period or find alternative transportation options.

The authors discuss the specific driving risks adults face as they age and how nurses can raise older patients' awareness of these risks. They also discuss the importance of connecting older adults to community resources that may help them continue driving safely for a longer period.

Loren Staplin is the managing partner, Kathy H. Lococo is a research associate, and Tia Mastromatto is a research assistant, all at TransAnalytics, Quakertown, PA. Kathy J. Sifrit is the contracting officer's technical representative at the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Washington, DC. Kathleen M. Trazzera is the clinical director at White Horse Village, Newton Square, PA. Contact author: Loren Staplin, lstaplin@transanalytics.com. Loren Staplin has served as principal investigator on numerous contracts awarded by the U.S. Department of Transportation's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and Federal Highway Administration. The authors and planners have disclosed no potential conflicts of interest, financial or otherwise.

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