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Why is it difficult for older adults to give up driving?

Dr. Aruna V. Josyula, MD
Geriatric Medicine Specialist

It is difficult for older adults to give up driving because an inability to drive can lead to social isolation, increased depression and a loss of independence that can be devastating. 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 health care, engage in social interactions and ensure adequate nutrition (via grocery shopping or dining in restaurants).

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