Learning Objective 1: The learner will be able to understand the impact of depression in community older adult drivers.
Learning Objective 2: The learner will be able to understand the impact of depression on cognition in community older adult adrivers.
Theoretical Framework: The CHOICE model is used as the framework. It conceptualizes the choice to either retire or continue to drive that involves cognition such as visuospatial, attention, and mental flexibility in this decision-making process.
Subjects: This retrospective study used a correlational design with data from an urban hospital’s medical records for a convenience sample of 100 community-dwelling older adults age 50+.
Methods and Results: Participants were measured with the Mini-Mental Status Examination (MMSE), the Repeatable Battery for the Assessment of Neuropsychological Status (R-BANS), the Trail Making Tests A and B, and the Geriatric Depression Scale. Data will be analyzed with descriptive statistics, Pearson coefficient correlation, student t-test, and linear bivariate regression, with an alpha of .05
Research is currently in progress
This study is foundational in understanding how depression influences older adults’ decision to retire from driving without minimizing their sense of health within their environment.
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