Driving plays an important role in accessing the places and people that are important in our daily life. For many, it provides a sense of independence and a feeling of competence. That’s why retiring from driving, whether voluntary or involuntary, can profoundly impact a person’s sense of self and lead to an earlier death or even admission to a long-term care home.
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Meet Robert and his father Vinnie and find out what actions they take when age-related changes start to impact Vinnie’s driving.
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A guide to staying safe on the road for older adults from the Canadian Automobile Association (CAA).
An example of an Advance Driving Directive to help start a discussion about retiring from driving.
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While you may think of mobility as the ability to get up and move from your favourite chair, the term ‘life-space mobility’ refers more broadly to our ability to move within a range from environments that expand from your home to your neighbourhood and into your community and beyond. Research indicates that driving, social support, and walking speed have the greatest impact on a person's life-space mobility. This is why planning for the day when you may no longer be able to drive is very important.
It’s important to be proactive for yourself and your loved ones.
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Neuropsychiatrist, Professor; Faculty of Health Sciences, McMaster University
Occupational Therapist, Professor; School of Rehabilitation Science, McMaster University
The content of this resource was informed by several evidence-based resources on the Portal, including the McMaster Optimal Aging Video Post 'Driving: The super-activity of daily living?’ and the Canadian Medical Association’s best practice guideline on determining medical fitness to operate motor vehicles. These resources were critically appraised and synthesized by the authors. Some sources – such as the CMA driver’s guide – also conduct their own rigorous evidence review process. The content of the e-learning lesson was reviewed and assessed for accuracy by our subject matter experts in rehabilitation science and medical psychiatry. There are no conflicts of interest. Instructional design of the e-learning used best practices in evidence-informed multimedia learning. A panel of end-users reviewed the content and provided feedback on their user experience.
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