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Conceptualizing the CHOICE of Driving Retirement by Older Adults

Jenkins, Debra J. PhD, RN; Holston, Ezra C. PhD, RN

Topics in Geriatric Rehabilitation: April/June 2015 - Volume 31 - Issue 2 - p 90–97
doi: 10.1097/TGR.0000000000000053
Original Articles

Driving retirement for older adults represents a daily process that influences geriatric rehabilitation. It defines a highly subjective, emotional process that impacts older adults, their family, and society. Yet, it remains unclear if this process involves a decision or a choice since these terms are often used interchangeably. However, conceptually they are not. This systematic literature review examines the conceptual difference between choice and decision, discusses factors related to choice, and applies a CHOICE Framework (Capabilities of Healthy Older-adults Integrating Cognition and Emotions) within the context of driving retirement. Understanding choice may provide insight about rehabilitative issues related to older adults.

College of Nursing, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, Edwardsville (Dr Jenkins); and University of Tennessee College of Nursing, Knoxville (Dr Holston).

Correspondence: Debra J. Jenkins, PhD, RN, 6849 Kensington Drive, Maryville, Illinois 62062 (

No financial disclosures were reported by these authors.

CHOICE indicates Capabilities, Healthy, Older adults, Integrating, Cognition (cognitive skills), Emotions.

Framework (Capabilities of Healthy Older-adults Integrating Cognition and Emotions).

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