The Needs and Experiences Related to Driving Cessation for Older People
Authors: Liddle, Jacki; Turpin, Merrill; Carlson, Glenys; McKenna, Kryss
Source: The British Journal of Occupational Therapy, Volume 71, Number 9, September 2008 , pp. 379-388(10)
Publisher: College of Occupational Therapists
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.
Document Type: Research Article
Publication date: September 1, 2008
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