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Driving central to a person’s identity

September 9, 2015

Driving central to a person's identityThe Best Times

“Elderly couples who stop driving face unexpected outcomes,” reports a study in the journal Research on Aging as reported in Aging News Alert.

The ability to drive can be central to a person’s identity and can be an important expression of independence. When the elderly no longer drive, their emotional well-being can decline as a result of being unable to maintain social relationships.

A University of Missouri researcher has found that even if only one member of a couple stops driving, negative consequences result for both the driver and the non-driver.

The decision to stop driving is a major life changing experience and all options for transportation should be made at the time the car keys are given up.

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