"December 4‒8, 2017 is Older Driver Safety Awareness Week. Older adults can take steps to stay safer on the roads.
Driving helps older adults—persons 65 and older—stay mobile and independent. However, as we age, declines in vision and cognition (ability to reason and remember), and physical changes may affect driving. Certain medical problems such as heart disease, dementia, sleep disorders, and limited hearing and vision place older adults at an increased risk of car crashes. Additionally, medicines, both prescription and over the counter, such as those used for sleep, mood, pain, and/or allergies among others may affect driving safety.Older drivers are also at an increased risk of being injured or killed in a crash due to frailty and underlying health problems..."