leisure and aging policy paper

leisure and aging policy paper - Seth Tucker Leisure and...

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Seth Tucker Leisure and Aging April 2, 2008 The older adult and Driving As the older population grows, there has been more and more concern about the elderly driving. Not only is there concern for their safety but for the safety of others. Drivers that are over the age of 75 have the second highest accident rate, right behind those who are under the age of 25. As people reach the age of 55 and beyond, often times there is a decrease in reaction time, less acute vision and hearing, trouble moving such as when turning the head to look behind, and affects of medication. Currently in the United States the policy to take away licenses of unsafe older adult drivers is somewhat shaky. ………. One common proposed solution is to use licensing and testing of the older generation to remove those who are unsafe, but as many have mentioned this may be impractical and ineffective. As Patricia Waller, Senior Research scientist at the Texas Transportation Institute at Texas A&M noted, “Chronological age is not a reliable indicator of functional age. Even in the case of individual drivers, a single driver may
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