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Maintaining Safe Mobility in an Aging Society

December 18, 2008

UMTRI researchers write the book on safe mobility for older adults

By 2030, 60 million drivers worldwide will be 65 years of age or older.

UMTRI researchers David W. Eby and Lisa Molnar, and Paula S. Kartje of the University of Michigan Health System, have written a book that addresses the complex issues surrounding the booming number of aging drivers. Maintaining Safe Mobility in an Aging Society provides practical solutions for sustaining safe mobility for this growing group.

The book serves as a complete resource for those providing services to seniors as well as those responsible for transportation policy. It takes a hard look at the skills related to safe driving and how they can be compromised by aging, and provides a comprehensive description of assessment practices, issues, and tools. It includes information to help older adults transition from full driving to driving cessation, and explores various means by which aging individuals can maintain safe mobility.

"The idea for this book arose from frequent requests we received from academic departments at the University of Michigan, practitioners outside the University, and community groups to present information on aging and mobility. We realized that there was no single source that drew together the diverse topics encompassing aging and safe mobility," says Eby, the book's lead author.

The book is organized into four parts. The first part presents an overview of aging and mobility issues and presents a framework for these issues. ]The second part discusses the current knowledge on the effects of conditions and medications on driving and crash risk. The third part discusses the issues and practices of driver screening and assessment and concludes with discussions of driver licensing policy issues. The final part covers topics related to maintaining safe mobility in older adulthood.

Maintaining Safe Mobility in an Aging Society is currently being published and will be released in the next few weeks through CRC Press.