Are Automakers Overlooking the Real Buyers?

If you watch much TV, you’ll notice that most car commercials seem to be aimed either at twentysomethings in search of adventure and excitement or at parents with young kids. But automakers might be smarter to make more commercials resembling Lincoln’s recent spots featuring luxuriantly gray-haired Mad Men star John Slattery. That’s the upshot of a newly released study by the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute, which finds that boomer drivers are the most likely of any age group to …

Public Transportation: Lifeline for Older Adults in Rural America

My AARP colleagues in Nebraska recently joined efforts to improve the delivery of transportation services in that state after an AARP volunteer spoke about his frustration trying to take his wife to an evening picnic sponsored by the local Alzheimer’s Association support group. His wife was a nursing home resident who needed to use a wheelchair, but none of the three specialized transportation providers in her area could accommodate her travel requirements. Her nursing home offered only medical transportation. Aging …

Too Old to Drive? Depends on Which State You Live In

A recent string of high-profile accidents involving older drivers has stirred up the decades-old debate: How old is too old to drive? Of course there’s no definitive answer — it depends on how physically and cognitively healthy someone remains. But it also depends on where you live: An Associated Press review found a “hodgepodge” of state rules governing older drivers.

100-Year-Old Driver Hits 14 In L.A.; Is Age to Blame?

Eleven people — including nine children — were hit when Preston Carter, 100, backed his “powder blue Cadillac” on to a Los Angeles sidewalk Wednesday. Everyone is expected to survive, but four children remain at the hospital after being in critical condition. “I think it was a miscalculation on his part,” said the local police captain. “The gentleman is elderly. Obviously he is going to have some impairment on his decision making.”

The Takeaway: DriveLAB Taking Technology Cues From Older Drivers

On the Road: New technology aimed at making navigation easier for older drivers is in the works at England’s Newcastle University, where researchers have converted an electric car into a mobile laboratory for studying the challenges these drivers face. Tricked out with eye trackers, bio-monitors and other monitoring systems, the DriveLAB car””designed to pinpoint older drivers’ habits and stressors””is part of the UK’s Research Council’s nearly $20 million program to help seniors stay on the road.

Family Conversations About Driving – A Few Tips

I recently appeared on CBS This Morning and NBC Nightly News to discuss having conversations with older loved ones about driving. I received many comments and questions about this hot topic. So many of us are dealing with this issue with our parents. In response to these questions and in follow up to my post about my conversations with my Dad about his driving, here are a few tips about how to talk with your older loved ones about this …