Healthy Aging : Preparation can help keep older drivers safe on the road

Published: September, 2005

BOSTON, MA — Chronic illnesses and the use of various medications increase the risk for auto accidents. Even normal, healthy aging can take a toll on a man's reflexes, reaction time, and sensory abilities. But simple preparations and precautions can help keep older men safely on the road, says the Harvard Men's Health Watch. For example:

"You can't stop the clock, but you can slow its tick," says Harvey Simon, M.D., Harvard Medical School faculty member and editor of the Harvard Men's Health Watch. Work with your doctor to reduce your risk of falling ill and to detect and treat problems early. Stay mentally and physically active to keep your mind and body sharp. Consider a driving evaluation for seniors, and don't be too proud—or stubborn—to adjust your driving patterns to fit new realities, even if they are unpleasant.

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