Why is it so difficult to give up driving as we age?

Dr. Aruna V. Josyula, MD
Geriatric Medicine Specialist

In our society, older adults lead very active lives beyond retirement, and driving is the primary means of transportation for them to engage in those activities. Driving is the way many older adults access healthcare, engage in social interactions and ensure adequate nutrition (via grocery shopping or dining in restaurants). If not supported appropriately, an inability to drive can lead to social isolation, increased depression and a loss of independence that can be devastating.

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