An international investigation of social circumstances and driver licenses for elder persons

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Abstract

In recent years, the trend toward the nuclear family and the phenomenon of under-population in rural areas has increased the number of elder people who live alone. Therefore, elder people have to drive themselves to go shopping or to a hospital. However, the elderly person also has a tendency to display reduced abilities of judgment and cognition and, in severe cases, displays dementia. In this paper, the brief results of an international investigation of traffic accidents among elder people based on databases published by public institutions are discussed. The aging rate and the number of dementia patients increase with the average life expectancy when it is over 70 years. Currently, the number of traffic accidents among elder people is increasing. Policies preventing the renewal of driver licenses for elder people are implemented in several countries. However, communication with family and neighbors is effective in preventing elder people from being involved in traffic accidents while walking.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2011 IEEE/ICME International Conference on Complex Medical Engineering, CME 2011
Pages508-513
Number of pages6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2011
Event2011 5th IEEE/ICME International Conference on Complex Medical Engineering, CME 2011 - Harbin, China
Duration: May 22 2011May 25 2011

Other

Other2011 5th IEEE/ICME International Conference on Complex Medical Engineering, CME 2011
CountryChina
CityHarbin
Period5/22/115/25/11

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Keywords

  • Aging rate
  • Average life expectancy
  • Dementia
  • Driver licenses
  • Eledr persons
  • Traffic accident

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biomedical Engineering

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Takahashi, S., & Wu, J. (2011). An international investigation of social circumstances and driver licenses for elder persons. In 2011 IEEE/ICME International Conference on Complex Medical Engineering, CME 2011 (pp. 508-513). [5876794] https://doi.org/10.1109/ICCME.2011.5876794