Urban older adults and the forfeiture of a driver's license

J Gerontol Nurs. 1999 Dec;25(12):12-8. doi: 10.3928/0098-9134-19991201-11.


Frequently, it is assumed that urban older adults are not vulnerable to the consequences of forfeiting a driver's license because of the availability of public transportation. Although all of the study participants were involved in accidents prior to forfeiting their driver's licenses, 221 (78%) of them stated they had been safe drivers. The majority of participants indicated they had been given no choice by either their families or the bureaucracy in forfeiting their driver's licenses. Regret, loneliness, and immobility were the results of no longer being allowed to drive.

MeSH terms

  • Adaptation, Psychological
  • Aged / psychology*
  • Aged / statistics & numerical data*
  • Aged, 80 and over
  • Automobile Driving / psychology*
  • Automobile Driving / statistics & numerical data*
  • Decision Making*
  • Family / psychology
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Interpersonal Relations
  • Male
  • Quality of Life
  • Social Support
  • Surveys and Questionnaires
  • Transportation / methods
  • Urban Population*