Driving cessation and health trajectories in older adults

Jerri D. Edwards, Melissa Lunsman, Martinique Perkins, George Rebok, David L Roth

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BackgroundOlder adults who cease driving have poorer health than those who continue to drive. However, it is unclear whether the transition to driving cessation itself results in health declines or whether driving cessation subsequently exacerbates health declines over time.MethodsThe current study addresses these questions using multilevel modeling among 690 older adults from the Advanced Cognitive Training for Independent and Vital Elderly study. Driving status and health, as indicated by the SF-36 questionnaire, self-rated health, physical performance (Turn 360° Test), and depressive symptoms were assessed at baseline and at 1-, 2-, 3-, and 5-year follow-up visits.ResultsThe transition to driving cessation was accompanied by significant declines in physical and social functioning, physical performance, and physical role (ps

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1290-1295
Number of pages6
JournalJournals of Gerontology - Series A Biological Sciences and Medical Sciences
Volume64
Issue number12
DOIs
StatePublished - 2009

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Keywords

  • Driving cessation
  • Health
  • Older drivers

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Aging
  • Geriatrics and Gerontology
  • Medicine(all)

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Driving cessation and health trajectories in older adults. / Edwards, Jerri D.; Lunsman, Melissa; Perkins, Martinique; Rebok, George; Roth, David L.

In: Journals of Gerontology - Series A Biological Sciences and Medical Sciences, Vol. 64, No. 12, 2009, p. 1290-1295.

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