Health of adults declines when they stop driving

New York, Jan 20 (IANS) A new review of previous studies indicates that cessation of driving by older adults may contribute to a variety of health problems, especially depression.

“For many older adults, driving is instrumental to their daily living and is a strong indicator of self-control, personal freedom and independence. Unfortunately, it is almost inevitable to face the decision to stop driving during the process of aging as cognitive and physical functions decline,” said senior author Guohua Li of the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society study.

In older adults, declining health is a major reason they stop driving. But when they stop driving, this impacts their subsequent health and well being.

“When the decision time comes, it is important to take into consideration the adverse health consequences of driving cessation and make personalized plans to maintain mobility and social functions,” added the professor from Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health in the US.

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