Longitudinal predictors of driving cessation among older adults from the ACTIVE clinical trial

Jerri D. Edwards, Lesley A. Ross, Michelle L. Ackerman, Brent J. Small, Karlene K. Ball, Stacy Bradley, Joan E. Dodson

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We examined the physical, visual, health, and cognitive abilities of 1,656 older adults as prospective predictors of self-reported driving cessation over a 5-year period. We examined the time to driving cessation across 5 years after we controlled for days driven per week at baseline and any cognitive intervention participation. Older age, congestive heart failure, and poorer physical performance (according to the Turn 360 Test) were statistically significant risk factors for driving cessation. Slower speed of processing (according to the Digit Symbol Substitution and Useful Field of View tests) was a significant risk factor even after we took baseline driving, age, health, vision, and physical performance into consideration. Implications are that assessments of cognitive speed of processing can provide valuable information about the subsequent risk of driving cessation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)P6-P12
JournalJournals of Gerontology - Series B Psychological Sciences and Social Sciences
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2008

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Health(social science)
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Life-span and Life-course Studies


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