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J Gerontol Soc Work. 2012;55(4):367-76. doi: 10.1080/01634372.2011.642473.

Voluntary and involuntary driving cessation in later life.

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Department of Epidemiology and Community Health, Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine, Richmond, VA 23298, USA. moonchoi365@gmail.com

Abstract

This study explores the decision-making process of driving cessation in later life, with a focus on voluntariness. The sample included 83 former drivers from the Baltimore Epidemiologic Catchment Area Study. A majority of participants (83%) reportedly stopped driving by their own decision. However, many voluntary driving retirees reported external factors such as financial difficulty, anxiety about driving, or lack of access to a car as main reasons for driving cessation. These findings imply that distinction between voluntary and involuntary driving cessation is ambiguous and that factors beyond health status, including financial strain, play a role in the transition to non-driving.

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22574868
DOI:
10.1080/01634372.2011.642473
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