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Driving is an important indicator of mobility in industrialised nations. Over 80% of individuals aged 65 years and older in the USA continue to drive. Research indicates that driving confers significant health benefit to older people, including increased social engagement, increased functional independence, decreased risk of depression and decreased use of long-term care.1 Unfortunately, driving is not free of risk. Older drivers tend to have higher per capita mortality from motor vehicle crashes and higher crash involvement per mile driven than drivers aged 35–64.2 The excess mortality from motor vehicle crashes for older adults is due largely to their depleted ability to survive …
Funding Funded by Grant R49CE002096 from the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to the Center for Injury Epidemiology and Prevention at Columbia University. Its contents are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
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