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Factors influencing driving status in an older Latino population

TitleFactors influencing driving status in an older Latino population
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2010
AuthorsSegal-Gidan, F, Varma, R, Salazar, X, Mack, WJ
JournalJournal of Aging and HealthJournal of Aging and Health
Date PublishedApr
ISBN Number0898-2643<br/>1552-6887
Accession NumberPeer Reviewed Journal: 2010-05699-004
Keywords*Aging, *Cognitive Impairment, *Driving Behavior, *Latinos/Latinas, *Vision Disorders, driving status, elderly Latino participants, cognitive impairment, visual impairment, Gerontology [2860], Human Male Female Adulthood (18 yrs & older) Middle Age (40-64 yrs) Aged (65 yrs & older), us
AbstractObjective: The study aims at examining factors associated with driving status and self-reported driving difficulty, with particular attention to vision and cognitive impairment. Method: This study uses cross-sectional data from 421 elderly Latino participants in the Los Angeles Latino Eye Study (LALES) along with cognitive screening, and comparison is by driving status (currently driving, used to drive, never drove) and self-reported difficulty driving among current drivers. Results: Current drivers were more educated and reported better health. Those who never drove were less acculturated. Those who gave up driving had more visual impairment and lower scores on mental status testing. Self-reported difficulties among current drivers were associated with more health problems but not cognitive difficulties. Discussion: Elderly Latinos have a lower driving rate than the general older population. There are significant differences between older Latinos who continue to drive versus those who never drove or have stopped driving. Poorer cognitive performance and poorer vision are associated with driving cessation. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2012 APA, all rights reserved) (journal abstract).