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Driving ability and transportation needs of elderly drivers: a prospective from emergency department elderly patients

Chan, H, Chiang, T., Yip, R., Shih, Y., Ho, V., Brar, R., Brubacher, J

Older Drivers Emergency Hospital Trauma

ARSC conference 2018

The number of Canadians over 65 is growing faster than anticipated. Since older adults live independently longer and stay more active, many will continue to depend on driving to meet their transportation needs. Older drivers are mostly safe drivers; however, with advancing age, many older adults develop medical conditions that affect their driving ability and often lead to driving cessation. Often these medical conditions are first recognized in emergency department (ED) when patients present with an acute illness or injury. We proposed to interview elderly drivers who attend the ED to examine their driving ability and transportation needs.