Retirement planning should include transportation issues


March 21, 2011

While baby boomers are turning 65 at the rate of 10,000 every day this year, many are now planning in earnest for their retirement years. One of the primary focuses of this demographic may be independence, which means that one should take into account how they will be able to get around as they age.

Seniors can spend some of their golden years driving, but navigating confusing cities or stressful highways could eventually prove to be too overwhelming. Some conditions may restrict an older adult’s capabilities as well – cognitive impairment is one of the chief symptoms that results in a loss of license, according to Postmedia News.

“Losing that little piece of plastic not only [impacts] their independence and activity, but also [makes] them feel like they [are] no longer competent,” Dr. Bonnie Dobbs told the publication.

Older adults who may be spending more time at home may also want to consider investing in a personal emergency response system. This device can enable users to instantly send a medical alert to an emergency call center if they are in need of assistance.

Jack Nelson, the director of traffic safety advocacy for AMAC, explained to USA Today that many older adults can drive into their 80s, but should regulate when and where.