Washington dc nov 28 2018 nearly 50 percent of older adults report using seven or more medications while remaining active drivers according to new research from the aaa foundation for traffic safety an evaluation of the medications people are taking found that nearly 20 percent of older . Aging issues health and financial alternatives older drivers impaired by multiple medications lisa m perkins and danielle j white editors nova scienee publishers ine new york preface chapter 1 chapter 2 index contents multiple medications and vehicle crashes analysis ofdatabases national highway trajjic safety administration. Additional data from the american society of health system pharmacists shows that 34 percent of older adults are prescribed medications by more than one doctor possibly bypassing opportunities to check how the new prescription may interact with other medications being used taking multiple medications affects all of us but older drivers . Data synthesis driving is an important task and activity for the majority of adults unfortunately some specific classes of commonly prescribed medications have been associated with driving impairment as measured by road performance driving simulation and or motor vehicle crashes. There is a growing population of older drivers who use multiple medications and likely do not realize the impact these prescriptions may have on their driving dr david yang executive
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