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Cherish your independence

May 25, 2010
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Giving up driving can have broad negative consequences for older adults. The ability to drive represents both a sign of cherished independence and underlying health and well-being for this age group. Retaining this ability is important for your health if you can.

A study  of 660 older adults aged between 63 and 97 years  found that as well as older age and other physical and cognitive factors predicting mortality at a three-year follow-up, being a non-driver was very important. Non-drivers were 4 to 6 times more likely to die than drivers over a three-year follow-up period.

A separate study showed that the risk of driving cessation in older adults is reduced by 40% in the three years following Road Tour training, an exercise contained in the InSight programs offered by Posit Science.

Cherish your independence in whatever form it takes….. live a feisty old age!

Feisty…adjective ( feistier, feistiest)

  • having or showing exuberance and strong determination : (but not touchy and aggressive! )
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