Driving life expectancy of persons aged 70 years and older in the United States.

TitleDriving life expectancy of persons aged 70 years and older in the United States.
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2002
AuthorsFoley, DJ, Heimovitz, HK, Guralnik, JM, Brock, DB
JournalAm J Public Health
Date Published2002 Aug
ISSN Number0090-0036
Call Numbernewpubs20070125_Foley_etal_AJPH
KeywordsAccidents, Traffic, Activities of Daily Living, Aged, Aged, 80 and over, Automobile Driving, Decision making, Family Characteristics, Female, Frail Elderly, Humans, Interviews as Topic, Licensure, Life Expectancy, Logistic Models, Male, Risk Factors, Transportation, United States

OBJECTIVES: We estimated total life expectancy and driving life expectancy of US drivers aged 70 years and older.

METHODS: Life table methods were applied to 4699 elderly persons who were driving in 1993 and reassessed in a 1995 survey.

RESULTS: Drivers aged 70 to 74 years had a driving life expectancy of approximately 11 years. A higher risk of mortality among men as a cause of driving cessation offset a higher risk of driving cessation not related to mortality among women that resulted in similar driving life expectancies.

CONCLUSIONS: Nationwide, many elderly drivers quit driving each year and must seek alternative sources of transportation. Because of differences in life expectancy, women require more years of support for transportation, on average, than men after age 70.

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Driving Patterns/Life Expectancy/Public Policy

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Alternate JournalAm J Public Health
Citation Key6839
PubMed ID12144985
PubMed Central IDPMC1447231
Grant ListU01 AG009740 / AG / NIA NIH HHS / United States
U01 AG-09740 / AG / NIA NIH HHS / United States