Journal Article

Cognitive Speed of Processing Training Delays Driving Cessation

Jerri D. Edwards, Peter B. Delahunt and Henry W. Mahncke

in The Journals of Gerontology: Series A

Volume 64A, issue 12, pages 1262-1267
Published in print December 2009 | ISSN: 1079-5006
Published online September 2009 | e-ISSN: 1758-535X | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/gerona/glp131
Cognitive Speed of Processing Training Delays Driving Cessation

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Background

As our population ages, interventions that can prolong safe driving for older adults will be increasingly important.

Methods

Data from two studies were combined in order to investigate the effectiveness of cognitive training in delaying driving cessation. Stratified Cox hazard regressions were used to examine risk of driving cessation as a function of training participation, baseline driving, and visual acuity.

Results

Older drivers with cognitive speed of processing difficulties who completed speed of processing training were 40% less likely to cease driving over the subsequent 3 years (hazard ratio = 0.596, 95% confidence interval 0.356–0.995, p = .048). Whereas 14% of older drivers who did not receive speed of processing training ceased driving, only 9% of those who completed eight or more sessions of speed of processing training ceased driving.

Conclusion

Speed of processing training may delay driving cessation among older drivers with speed of processing difficulty.

Keywords: Cognitive training; Driving; Intervention

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Subjects: Geriatric Medicine ; Public Health ; Biological Sciences ; Molecular and Cell Biology ; Neuroscience

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