Maintaining Safe Mobility in an Aging Society

By David W. Eby, Lisa J. Molnar, Paula S. Kartje

Series Editor: Barry H. Kantowitz

© 2008 – CRC Press

248 pages | 11 B/W Illus.

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Hardback: 9781420064537
pub: 2008-12-21
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About the Book

By 2030, 20 percent of the world’s drivers, 60 million in all, will be over the age of 65. Consequently, safe and efficient mobility for older adults is a complex and pressing issue. Maintaining Safe Mobility in an Aging Society addresses the complexities surrounding the booming number of aging drivers and practical solutions for sustaining safe transportation for this growing group.

This plainspoken resource informs safe mobility discussions on a variety of areas, including:

  • Necessary skills for safe driving and how age affects them
  • Current evidence on how medical conditions and medication hinder driving skills
  • Comprehensive screening description and assessment practices, issues, and tools
  • Sensitive ways to help older drivers transition into driving cessation
  • Impact of advanced vehicle technology on aging drivers
  • Approaches to strengthening safety-conscious licensing policies

Draws the Significant Link Between Mobility and Well Being

In addition to discussing how age impacts both the risk and severity of accidents and the link between mobility and well-being, this authoritative work discusses means to achieve safer mobility, including roadway design and community transportation options. Authored by driver safety and awareness experts, it covers psychological and physical changes associated with age (both normal and pathological), including an important but rarely explored aspect of dementia known as wandering behavior. It also addresses the role of emerging technology.

Maintaining Safe Mobility in an Aging Society is a concise reference that encompasses an impressive breadth of ready-to-access information. Thorough and systematically organized, it is a groundbreaking and indispensable resource for those providing services to seniors as well as those responsible for transportation policy and design.

Table of Contents

Introduction

Age-Related Declines in Abilities

Critical Driving Skills

Medical Conditions and Driving

Medications and Driving

Screening

Assessment

Licensing, Legal, and Policy Issues

Education and Rehabilitation

Vehicles and Advanced Technology

Roadway Design

Driving Retirement

Other Community Mobility Options

Appendix

About the Series

Human Factors in Transportation

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
TEC017000
TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Industrial Health & Safety