A driving cessation program to identify and improve transport and lifestyle issues of older retired and retiring drivers

Gustafsson, Louise, Liddle, Jacki, Liang, Phyllis, Pachana, Nancy, Hoyle, Melanie, Mitchell, Geoff and McKenna, Kryss (2012) A driving cessation program to identify and improve transport and lifestyle issues of older retired and retiring drivers. International Psychogeriatrics, 24 5: 794-802.


Author Gustafsson, Louise
Liddle, Jacki
Liang, Phyllis
Pachana, Nancy
Hoyle, Melanie
Mitchell, Geoff
McKenna, Kryss
Title A driving cessation program to identify and improve transport and lifestyle issues of older retired and retiring drivers
Journal name International Psychogeriatrics   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1041-6102
1741-203X
Publication date 2012-05
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1017/S1041610211002560
Volume 24
Issue 5
Start page 794
End page 802
Total pages 9
Place of publication Cambridge, United Kingdom
Publisher Cambridge University Press
Collection year 2013
Language eng
Formatted abstract Background:
This study explored the transport and lifestyle issues of older retired and retiring drivers participating in the University of Queensland Driver Retirement Initiative (UQDRIVE), a group program to promote adjustment to driving cessation for retired and retiring older drivers.

Methods:
A mixed method research design explored the impact of UQDRIVE on the transport and lifestyle issues of 55 participants who were of mean age 77.9 years and predominantly female (n = 40). The participants included retired (n = 32) and retiring (n = 23) drivers. Transport and lifestyle issues were identified using the Canadian Occupational Performance Measure and rated pre- and post-intervention.

Results:
Paired t-tests demonstrated a statistically significant improvement in performance (t = 10.5, p < 0.001) and satisfaction (t = 9.9, p < 0.001) scores of individual issues. Qualitative content analysis identified three categories of issues including: protecting my lifestyle; a better understanding of transport options; and being prepared and feeling okay.

Conclusions:
Participation in UQDRIVE had a positive and significant effect on the issues of the participants. The results highlight that although all participants stated issues related predominantly to practical concerns, there were trends in the issues identified by the drivers and retired drivers that were consistent with their current phase of the driving cessation process.
Keyword Community mobility
Older drivers
Canadian Occupational Performance Measure concerns
Intervention
Increased depressive symptoms
Adults
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

 
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