As our population ages, more older adults are living longer with chronic conditions, using multiple medications, and experiencing multiple comorbidities—all of which can affect safe driving and independence in community mobility. Ensuring participation in society through safe driving or independent use of community mobility is a critical issue for occupational therapists and agents of the aging network. We know that driving cessation is linked to social isolation, depression, and early nursing home admissions and, as such contributes to health care costs and decreased quality of life (Freeman, Gange, Munoz, & West, 2006; Marottoli et al., 1997, 2000). However, occupational therapists, being skilled professionals who assist people to maintain participation in desired occupations and roles, can embrace driver evaluation and rehabilitation as a critical and emerging practice area to ensure that older drivers stay on the road longer and safer (American Occupational Therapy Association, 2005)....
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Editorial| Online March 01 2010
Special Issue on Older Driver Safety and Community Mobility
Sherrilene Classen, PhD, MPH, OTR/L, is Assistant Professor, Department of Occupational Therapy, College of Public Health and Health Professions; Adjunct Assistant Professor, Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics; Affiliate Assistant Professor, Department of Behavioral Science and Community Health, College of Public Health and Health Professions; and Director, Institute for Mobility, Activity and Participation and the National Older Driver Research and Training Center, University of Florida, PO Box 100164, Gainesville, FL 32611–0164; firstname.lastname@example.org
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The American Journal of Occupational Therapy, 2010, Vol. 64(2), 211–214.
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Sherrilene Classen; Special Issue on Older Driver Safety and Community Mobility. Am J Occup Ther March/April 2010, Vol. 64(2), 211–214. doi: https://doi.org/10.5014/ajot.64.2.211
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