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As a Group, Older Drivers Are Typically Safe Drivers*

According to AARP Driver Safety, accidents involving older adult’s decreases as age increases. Research attribute this decline to self-imposed limitations such as driving fewer miles, avoiding night driving, rush-hour traffic and other difficult conditions.

Older Driver Statistics:
  • Older drivers, especially after age 75, have a higher risk of being involved in a collision for every mile they drive
  • The rate of fatalities increases slightly after age 65 and significantly after age 75 due to increased inability to withstand the physical trauma that often occurs with age.
*Information based on a publication and research conducted by The Hartford and MIT Age Lab.

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Giving Up the Keys

Attaining a driver’s license is one of life’s “rites of passage.” It symbolizes adulthood, freedom, independence and responsibility for one’s actions. Relinquishing the car keys is a not so welcome “rite of passage.”

Telling older adults they aren’t capable of doing something as basic and essential as driving is a humiliating reminder of losing what made getting a driver’s license so important in the first place.  Not being able to drive may represent the end of life as they’ve known it. Relinquishing the right to drive could affect where they live, who they see, what interests and activities they can pursue.

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Denver Regional Mobility Council (DRMAC): Mobility and access for all!!
Contact DRMAC’s Transportation Information and Assistance Center to find out about transportation options available in the greater Denver metro area. Information is available three ways:
  1. Request a copy of DRMAC’s transportation guide: the Getting There Guide (see phone number and webs address below).
  2. Contact DRMAC’s Information and Assistance phone line at 303-243-3113 to receive an individualized consultation about your transportation needs.
  3. Visit the DRMAC website and use TransitOptions, an interactive web tool designed to identify possible transportation resources. DRMAC Does Not Provide Transportation Services.
Alzheimer’s Association of Colorado
The Alzheimer’s Association Colorado Chapter is the premier source of information and support for the more than 67,000 Coloradans with Alzheimer’s disease, their families and caregivers.  Through its statewide network of offices, the Alzheimer’s Association offers education, counseling, support groups and a 24-hour Helpline at no cost to families.

In addition, the Alzheimer’s Association is the largest non-profit funder of research in the world.  Contributions help fund advancements in research to prevent, treat and eventually conquer this disease.
The Alzheimer’s Association also advocates for those living with Alzheimer’s and their families on related legislative issues, and with health and long-term care providers. For information call the Alzheimer’s Association 24/7 bilingual Helpline at 800-272-3900, or visit
Colorado Area Agencies on Aging
Each Area Agency on Aging serves specific Colorado counties. They provide lists of alternate transportation services such as volunteer driver services and older adult special transit organizations and agencies. In addition, they assist in locating other services to help with older adults daily living needs such as stores that provide home delivered groceries and/or prescriptions, social activities, delivery, transportation alternatives that provide access to social, medical etc. To find a list and specific information about each Area Agencies on Aging, search for Colorado Area Agencies on Aging.

Mile High United Way 211
Mile High United Way’s 2-1-1 is a free and confidential community referral services that connects callers with resources that address transportation assistance, senior issues, basic needs and other types of assistance. Trained referral specialists are multi-lingual and available to help individuals with real-time resources in our community.  Dial 2-1-1 or call 866-760-6489 toll free to chat live with a resources specialist or go to their website

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Be Prepared to Address the Issue of Safe Driving

Don’t assume a single conversation will resolve the issue, this is a process. Ideally, the first conversations about safety should start long before driving becomes a problem.

Early, occasional and honest conversations establishes a pattern where issues can be openly dealt with. One of the most important parts of mutual conversations is to pay attention, listen to what the older adult is saying, their concerns and fears.

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