Driving safety as we age can be a delicate subject. Loved ones and caregivers of aging seniors can find it a difficult topic to broach, especially if a senior is reticent to address their own declining driving skills. There are, however, things caregivers and seniors themselves can do to help ensure a senior’s safety on the road. And it may be as simple as using a gym a few times a week!
According to researchers from MIT’s AgeLab and the Hartford Center for Mature Market Excellence, exercise may be the key to keeping seniors driving independently as they age.
"We know that exercise is valuable as we age," says Joseph Coughlin, Ph.D., director of the MIT AgeLab in a press release, "but we were interested in looking at connections to specific driving issues associated with aging."