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Department
Health, Aging and Society
Course
HLTHAGE 1BB3
Professor
Jessica Gish
Semester
Fall

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Lecture 23 (Thursday, November 28, 2013) – Transportation in Older Adults  ­ Were going to have a lot more older drivers ­ The group over 80 is the most rapidly growing group ­ The older age group (80+) is at the highest  ­ The crash rates are also very high in the younger population  A Major Public Health Concern ­ Seniors 4x more likely to be seriously injured ­ In 2004, road traffic injuries are the fifth leading cause of death for seniors How Aging May Affect Driving Ability  ­ Vision  ­ Perceptual & psychomotor ­ Physical abilities ­ Hearing  ­ Cognitive conditions have the most increased risk of an at­fault crash  Driving Habits ­ Older drivers tend to drive less often, shorter distances, less on busy highways and at night ­ Less likely to be cited for speeding, impaired, reckless ­ More likely to be cited for  Impacts of Cessation ­ Increased depressive symptoms ­ Social isolation ­ Reduced out­of­home activity ­ Early mortality ­ Increased reliance on family and friends 1 Lecture 23 (Thursday, November 28, 2013) – Transportation in Older Adults  Roadwise Review ­ At home assessment of key functions for safe driving ­ CAA/AAA Identifying/Regulating Unsafe Older Drivers ­ Self­identification and self­r
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