Health goes downhill when older adults stop driving

Researchers at Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health examined the health and well-being of older adults after they stopped driving and found that their health worsened in a variety of ways. In particular, driving cessation nearly doubled the risk of depressive symptoms, while also contributing to diminished cognitive abilities and physical functioning. Findings are published online in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society.


Photo: old woman drives a car

Study shows seniors experience double the risk of depressive symptoms, along with declines in cognition and physical functioning when they stop driving; © Maximilian Boschi