The needs and experiences related to driving cessation for older people

Liddle, Jacki, Turpin, Merrill, Carlson, GLenys and McKenna, Kryss (2008) The needs and experiences related to driving cessation for older people. British Journal of Occupational Therapy, 71 9: 379-388.

Author Liddle, Jacki
Turpin, Merrill
Carlson, GLenys
McKenna, Kryss
Title The needs and experiences related to driving cessation for older people
Journal name British Journal of Occupational Therapy   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0308-0226
Publication date 2008-09-01
Year available 2008
Sub-type Article (original research)
Volume 71
Issue 9
Start page 379
End page 388
Total pages 10
Place of publication London, U.K.
Publisher College of Occupational Therapists
Language eng
Subject C1
920201 Allied Health Therapies (excl. Mental Health Services)
920502 Health Related to Ageing
110321 Rehabilitation and Therapy (excl. Physiotherapy)
110308 Geriatrics and Gerontology
1103 Clinical Sciences
Abstract Older people may cease driving owing to health concerns, discomfort while driving, cancellation of their licence or financial reasons. Because driving is fundamental to the freedom and independence of older people, driving cessation can lead to depression, loss of roles and unsafe use of alternative transport. Little consideration has been given to the development of approaches to improve outcomes for retiring drivers. This study aimed to understand the experiences of driving cessation for older people to inform the design of interventions for retiring drivers. Qualitative methodology was used to explore the experiences of driving cessation from the perspective of nine retired drivers, three family members and six service providers. The retired drivers experienced challenges during three phases of driving cessation, in addition to discussing their driving history. The challenges were (1) a predecision phase - a balancing act and achieving awareness; (2) a decision phase - making the decision and owning the decision; and (3) a post-cessation phase - finding new ways and coming to terms. Interventions to facilitate the process of driving cessation may need to be designed according to the phase of driving cessation and the challenges that the person is experiencing and to be underpinned by behaviour change and life transition theories.
Keyword Driving cessation
Community mobility
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code

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