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Driving Mobility Affects Seniors' Social Lives, Overall Health

Posted by Dennis Sullivan & Associates on Thu, May 04, 2017


According to a recent study, elderly drivers who stop driving and have no transportation alternatives become less socially active and risk isolation. This can lead to declines in physical, mental, emotional health.

The survey found that an increase in driving mobility in seniors lead to an increase in the overall health of a senior, whereas a decrease in driving mobility lead to a significant decrease in overall health.

With a longer life expectancy, older adults can remain socially engaged in later years; leading to better health, lower mortality risk over time, and lower rates of depression, dementia and other cognitive impairments. Social participation is also linked to greater life satisfaction, self-esteem and positive effect. For these reasons, maintaining participation in social, economic, cultural, spiritual and civic affairs is part of healthy, active and successful aging.

Fewer Older Drivers

Driving is a way of life in the U.S. and is often crucial for social participation and having access to services. Physical, mental, and emotional decline in later years eventually lead to a decision to reduce and cease driving. In the U.S., more than 600,000 seniors over the age of 65 stop driving every year and must rely on other transportation.

Limited Driving Leads to Cessation

Most seniors start ceasing to drive by limiting their driving behaviors. They drive less frequently, shorter distances and to fewer destinations, adapt speed, and restrict trips to familiar roads and particular hours.

Some need a little help in making the decision to stop driving, and family members can watch for signs. A driver who becomes disoriented or has trouble following directions may also need to be discouraged from driving. At some point, it becomes a safety issue—both for the senior and for the public at large.

Receiving Rides Can Help Prolong Social Participation

Receiving rides, a component of driving mobility, is a crucial alternative transportation option for older adults as their own ability to drive declines. Family members, friends and caregivers are often best able to provide flexible, supportive, door-to-door service, with escort assistance that best meets the older individual’s changing needs.

Seniors are often hesitant to ask for rides because they fear being a burden to others. When they do ask for help, they tend to request rides for basic needs, like doctor visits and grocery shopping, not for social activities.

Public Transportation

Those who live in metropolitan areas may have public transportation options, including buses, taxis, and Uber or Lyft.

Public and community transportation are often unsuitable for older individuals due to limited schedules during non-peak times, limited service to nonwork destinations, poor accessibility, low availability, inadequately trained drivers and limited personal assistance. Additionally, many seniors and their families are simply not aware these options exist.

Senior Living Centers

Social interaction can also be provided in community living centers, whether for active seniors or for those requiring some assistance with daily living activities. Most provide field trips and outings, in addition to on-site activities and community dining. These can be a good, albeit often costly, choice to encourage social participation if transportation options are limited.


At Dennis Sullivan & Associates, we work with seniors and their families to ensure that independence and safety are preserved as long as possible. To learn more about how you can protect your home, spouse and life savings as well as saving on taxes and preserving your independence, register for a free workshop today.

At the Estate Planning & Asset Protection Law Center, we provide a unique education and counseling process which includes our unique 19 Point Trust, Estate and Asset Protection Review to help people and their families learn how to protect their home, spouse, life-savings, and legacy for their loved ones, click here for more information. We provide clients with a unique approach so they understand where opportunities exist to eliminate problems now as they implement plans for a protected future.

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Massachusetts Elder Law Attorney | Safe Driver Program for Seniors

Posted by Massachusetts Estate Planning & Elder Law Attorney, Dennis B. Sullivan, Esq., CPA, LLM on Fri, Nov 30, 2012

seniors, safe driver, attorney, lawyerMany people have not read a driver license handbook since we were 16.  For some, that’s more than 50 years ago. 

It is time to remedy this problem – with a driving refresher or safety course. You or a loved one can do it by attending Safe Driving for Seniors, a safe driving program we are hosting in Wellesley on Wednesday, January 22 at 11:00 am.

The Safe Driver Program we are offering in association with AAA is designed to help senior drivers be safer while staying behind the wheel longer. The program is specifically for drivers 55 and older. It delivers tips and techniques to help experienced drivers compensate for changing vision, reflexes and response time; understand how prescription medications may affect driving; and drive defensively in a variety of situations.

Call our office at (781) 237-2815 to reserve your seat today!

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Massachusetts Elder Law Attorney | Why Take a Safe Driving Course for Seniors?

Posted by Massachusetts Estate Planning & Elder Law Attorney, Dennis B. Sullivan, Esq., CPA, LLM on Tue, Nov 06, 2012

senior, safe driver, AAA, health careCars have changed.

So have traffic rules, driving conditions, and the roads you travel every day. Some drivers have never looked back since they got their first driver's licenses, but even the most experienced drivers can benefit from brushing up on their driving skills.

That is why our team of caring and dedicated professionals is sponsoring a free program by AAA called "Safe Driving for Seniors".  The course will run on January 22, 2013 from 11:00 am -12:00 pm. 

By taking the course you'll learn how you can manage and accommodate common age-related changes in vision, hearing and reaction time. The program will focus on vision, cognition, physical fittness, and the side effects of common medications on your ability to drive.

After completing the course, you will have a greater appreciation of driving challenges and of how you can avoid potential collisions and injuries to yourself and others.

To register to attend "Safe Driving for Seniors", sponsored by AAA and The Estate Planning & Asset Protection Law Center of Dennis Sullivan & Associates please call (781) 237-2815.  Seating is limited and registration is required.  Don't miss out on this valuable program, call today!

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