Keep on driving

Your health can go downhill after you lose your driving skills. Here's how to stay behind the wheel as long as possible.


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One of the best ways to stay healthy is to keep driving. "Driving makes you more independent so you can get out of the house more to socialize, visit your doctor more often, go exercise, or simply enjoy the outside," says Dr. Anthony Zizza, a gerontologist with Harvard-affiliated Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center.

Losing the ability to drive can have the opposite effect. Research published online Jan. 19, 2016, by the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society reviewed health-related data for drivers 55 and older and noted that their health worsened after they stopped driving.

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