Driver's license symbolizes freedom

Senior man driving
May 26 2016

Driver’s license symbolizes freedom

What does drawing clocks have to do with driving cars? Tests of cognitive skills that can flag older drivers who may be unsafe behind the wheel.

The Bottom Line

  • Changes in health and medical conditions that can affect driving ability are more common with age.
  • Having a driver’s license in older adulthood translates to higher levels of social participation.
  • Performance on the Clock-Drawing Test can be used to identify older drivers with cognitive impairment who may be in need of further assessment.
  • Currently, there is no single cognitive screening test that can solely determine with absolute certainty whether an older person is fit to drive.

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Courtesy, McMaster Optimal aging portal