Adults who give up driving when they are older may see a decline in both their mental and physical health.
This is according to new research from the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, based on the review of 16 published studies. The problem appears to be cyclical: older people stop driving for a variety of health reasons, but then become depressed from the lack of independence. It is suggested that the elderly need to have the right physical and mental capacity to drive safely. At the same time, if older adults stop driving, they can feel socially isolate, and become less physically active, leading to other health concerns.
Is it worth taking independence away from seniors to prevent accidents? Or for their own mental health, is it worth it to keep them on the road?
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