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Senior drivers more likely to get into car accidents

Posted by RHHAdmin on Feb 23, 2012 9:55:00 AM

As baby boomers begin to slowly reach senior citizen status, most will not want to be limited on the road. However, a study released by the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) reports that the 34 million drivers over the age of 65 in America are involved in a large number of accidents. The increase in life expectancy that has occurred over time has led the study to predict that one in five drivers will be a senor citizen in 2025.

"This is a generation that doesn’t want to just run errands or go to the store - they want to hit the road," said AASHTO executive director John Horsley, according to the Kansas City Star. "They want to get out and have fun."

If senior citizens give up their licenses in favor of remaining off the road, residential home care can relieve some of the frustration of being stuck without wheels. Rather than risk driving, elderly people can procure medical supplies through a mail-order pharmacy, or ask their aid to bring them to the local pharmacy.

Senior drivers have been proven to be at a greater risk for accidents, but they can avoid unnecessary road trips by hiring personal care services.

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