4-22-11: Aging While Driving

April 22, 2011 at 8:08 am 1 comment

In February, an 83-year-old driver hit and seriously injured a Johns Hopkins student bicycling near the university.   She was charged last week with negligent driving and failure to yield to a bicyclist.

The student, Nathan Krasnopoler, is 20. He’s in a coma, and his family announced last week that doctors say he is not expected to regain cognitive functioning.  The state’s Attorney, Gregg Bernstein, said his office has found no evidence of gross negligence on the part of the driver, and would not go forward with felony charges should Nathan die.

The tragedy has sparked a lot of comments in cyberspace about older drivers.  In light of all this, we want to examine the impact of aging on driving — and what systems are in place to help.

Sheilah speaks with Jonathan King, who oversees the research portfolio on older drivers at the National Institute on Aging in Bethesda.

In this web extra, Jonathan King speaks about what it means for older drivers to loose their licenses — and how society may have to adapt as the baby boomer generation ages.

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  • 1. Matt Gurwell  |  April 23, 2011 at 8:08 pm

    This is an excellent article, and an outstanding interview!

    May I add that Keeping Us Safe recently released a book titled:

    “Beyond Driving with Dignity; The workbook for the families of older drivers”.

    This user-friendly workbook was developed to offer concerned families a working roadmap (complete with actual exercises) on how to address the issue of driving safety with an older adult in the family.

    The workbook has been designed to offer additional peace of mind to families, help older drivers maintain their independence and dignity, and at the same time help prevent unnecessary deaths and injuries on our nation’s roadways.

    Please visit our website at http://www.keepingussafe.org to learn more about the Beyond Driving with Dignity workbook.

    Matt Gurwell
    Founder & CEO
    Keeping Us Safe
    email: info@keepingussafe.org


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