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When one half of elderly couple stops driving it impacts both

Having a spouse who still drives does not remove the consequences of driving cessation for senior citizens

senior couple in carFeb. 24, 2015 – Even if just one member of a senior couple stops driving, negative consequences result for both the driver and non-driver, according to a new study from the University of Missouri. It recommends that the elderly, and their adult children, carefully discuss and plan for the transition to driving cessation.

The ability to drive can be central to a person's identity and can be an important expression of independence. When the elderly become unable to drive, due to age or deteriorating health, their emotional well-being can decline as a result of being unable to maintain social relationships or work schedules that require travel by car.

"Individuals should recognize that making the decision to stop driving is a major life change that needs to be taken seriously," said Angela Curl, assistant professor in the School of Social Work within the MU College of Human Environmental Sciences. "The safety of the driver should be discussed as just one factor among many.

 

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Curl added, “Any time you recommend that an individual stop driving, you should talk about alternative transportation options or, possibly, relocation. If the family wants to help, it's best to come up with a concrete transportation plan ahead of time. These are complicated, difficult decisions, and mediation of the discussion can often be helpful through, for example, a social worker or counselor."

Curl found that when one spouse stopped driving, both spouses were less likely to work or volunteer. Also, the likelihood that a husband would work or a wife would volunteer decreased further over time.

"People who are in the process of making the decision to stop driving often think that their spouses will compensate for their inability to drive," said Curl. "However, in our research, we found that having a spouse who can drive does not completely remove the negative consequences of driving cessation."

The study found that consequences exist for spouses who stop driving and spouses who take on all the driving responsibilities for a household.

This could be because individuals who stop driving have less ability to freely transport themselves, so spouses who can still drive may spend more time transporting their partners and have less time available for working or socializing, according to Curl.

Notes:

Curl completed the study, "Productive and Social Engagement Following Driving Cessation: A Couple-Based Analysis" with fellow MU researchers Christine Proulx, associate professor in the Department of Human Development and Family Studies, and James Stowe, coordinator of trauma injury prevention and outreach education at the Frank L. Mitchell Jr., MD Trauma Center, as well as Teresa Cooney of the University of Colorado, Denver. The study was published in the journal Research on Aging.

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