The Role of Driver Rehabilitation in Extending the Driving Lifetimes and Enhancing the Mobility of Older Adults

This study explores the role and impact of driver rehabilitation for older adults on extending driving lifetimes and enhancing mobility. Specifically, the focus is on the effects of successful driver rehabilitation on older adults' abilities to continue driving safely, their attitudes toward driving, and their overall satisfaction with their mobility. Thanks to improvements in public health, medicine, education and technology, people are living, and driving, longer than ever before. Not only are the projected numbers of older drivers on the rise, so too are the numbers of miles driven by older drivers in an average year (Foley et al. 2002; Yang and Jargowsky 2006). While education efforts promote efforts to keep older adults driving safely, they do not provide remedy for individual physical or medical issues that may present challenges for safe continued driving. Yet some of these same conditions with rehabilitation therapies or adaptive equipment may enable older adults to continue to drive longer, extending their driving lifetimes and enhancing their overall mobility. This project will focus on older drivers' experiences with driving rehabilitation - what they thought it would be, what it was, how it affected their driving skills and habits, and whether they feel it enhanced their mobility. Answering these questions will provide greater insight into the potential value of driver rehabilitation. By focusing as well on occupational therapists who provide driver rehabilitation services, the study will lay the groundwork for identifying some of the factors that underlie successful older driver rehabilitation. These results will serve both as an entry into the topic of driver rehabilitation and as a qualitative foundation for future empirical research on the effects of driver rehabilitation on the attitudes and driving behaviors of older adults. The results of this research will provide an empirical if not representative picture of the effects of the intervention of driver rehabilitation on extending and enhancing older adults' driving time and mobility.


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    • Status: Active
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    • Sponsor Organizations:

      Research and Innovative Technology Administration

      Department of Transportation
      1200 New Jersey Avneue, SE
      Washington, DC  United States  20590
    • Performing Organizations:

      New England University Transportation Center

      Massachusetts Institute of Technology
      77 Massachusetts Avenue, Room 40-279
      Cambridge, MA  United States  01239
    • Principal Investigators:

      DAmbrosio, Lisa

    • Start Date: 20090401
    • Expected Completion Date: 0
    • Actual Completion Date: 20110831
    • Source Data: RiP Project 24539

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    Filing Info

    • Accession Number: 01480774
    • Record Type: Research project
    • Source Agency: New England University Transportation Center
    • Contract Numbers: DTRT07-G-0001, MITR21-3
    • Files: UTC, RiP
    • Created Date: May 7 2013 1:01AM