“According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), almost 20 percent of drivers on the road today are older than 65, and older adults are staying behind the wheel longer — a 50 percent increase since 1999.
“But the normal physical and cognitive changes of aging, as well as the effects of many common health conditions, can make it unsafe for older adults to drive. Visual impairment, hearing loss, reduced manual dexterity and slower thinking all increase the risk of a car crash. The CDC also notes that 80 percent of older adults take at least one medication, and many of these drugs can affect the ability to concentrate and drive safely.
“Will you be visiting with older loved ones during the holidays? Maybe Mom or Dad will be picking you up at the airport? This could be a good time to talk about their driving.”
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