Aging Drivers

Aging Drivers

Aging Drivers

Dr. Riffat Sadiq

Stories about older drivers causing deadly auto accidents have made headlines across the country. Industry experts say that teenagers are the only age group involved in more accidents than drivers over the age of 65. Some teen issues are inexperience, distraction, and alcohol.

Older drivers face some different challenges, including longer reaction times, slowed reflexes, stiff joints, weakening muscles, and decreased flexibility. Simple acts like turning the steering wheel or braking suddenly may become more difficult with age. Hearing and vision may also deteriorate and cognitive abilities may decline. Certain medical conditions and medications may limit driving ability, including arthritis, diabetes, Parkinson’s disease and stroke. Regular doctor visits and ongoing communication about issues that may affect driving can help.

Issues with body composition and bone density adversely affect one’s ability to function effectively. The natural aging process as well as post-menopausal estrogen deficiency and poor eating habits can result in limited functioning capabilities. At WNY Medical, we utilize the state-of-the-art DEXA scanner.

This cutting edge technology allows us to perform a total body assessment, including direct and more accurate determinations of total fat and lean and bone tissue. Results provide invaluable information used in determining individualized programs for patients dealing with bone loss as well as those with weight challenges.

Contact us at (716) 923-4383.

P.S. Your doctor may refer you to an occupational therapist to evaluate driving skills.