Taking Those Keys Away

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Lisa Rapaport in The Globe and Mail on Thursday discusses an issue close to seniors-what happens when their car keys are taken away.  A new study suggests that losing the car keys creates social isolation for seniors. In cities and places where we are working to enhance walkability and increase cycling ridership, there is a generation of people who if they could, drove everywhere. And that generation is in trouble-Statistics Canada estimates that 25 per cent of senior citizens on the road suffer from some kind of dementia.  As more of the Baby Boomers become seniors, I am sure that there will be more stringent driver testing, and perhaps even temporary 24 hour licences.

Researchers at Rutgers University found that driver’s “transportation mobility is often crucial for continued social participation” noting that seniors that are socially engaged have better health, lower mortality risk, and lower levels of depression and dementia…

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