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Presse Med. 2005 Oct 8;34(17):1237-44.

[Driving and the elderly: aspects of aging and handicap].

[Article in French]

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CHU, Maison Pirmil, Hôpital Saint-Jacques, Nantes.


Impairment of cognitive performance is associated with an excess risk of accidents. Adaptation of driving behavior in subjects with benign cognitive disorders reduces risk of automobile accidents. Cessation of driving or at least not driving alone limits the excess accident risk for drivers with dementia. Alterations in visual field and acuity increase risk of traffic accidents. Drugs affecting vigilance and neurological, cardiovascular and osteoarticular disorders increase accident risk. Screening for these disorders in the elderly is a necessary public safety measure.

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