Focus on Transition Away from Driving to Reduce Older Adults’ Isolation
May 23, 2014 | Aging Services Risk Management
As older adults give up driving, caregivers must work to reduce barriers to these individuals' productive and social engagement to prevent them from becoming isolated, according to a study in the June 2014 issue of the Gerontologist. The authors reviewed survey data among 4,788 adults from 1998 to 2010, finding that driving cessation most immediately affected so-called productive engagement—that is, working and formal or informal volunteer activities. These activities were between 68% and 79% less likely when participants stopped driving.