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Giving up driving was associated with an increase in depressive symptoms among older adults

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To determine whether an association exists between giving up driving and increased depressive symptoms among older adults.


Cohort study.


Urban, community based study in New Haven, Connecticut, USA.


1316 non-institutionalised men and women ≥ 65 years of age drawn from the cohort of the Established Populations for Epidemiologic Studies of the Elderly programme who were alive at the seventh annual follow up interview in 1989.

Assessment of risk factors

In the 1989 follow up interview, participants were asked if they were still driving a car or if they had ever driven, but stopped. Participants who had given up driving were asked when this occurred. Interviewers were blinded to the purpose of the study. Factors other than …

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  • Sources of funding: Claude D Pepper Older Americans Independence Center and in part, National Institute on Aging.

  • For article reprint: Dr R A Marottoli, Geriatrics and Extended Care, 111C, VA Connecticut (West Haven), 950 Campbell Avenue, West Haven, CT 06516, USA. Fax +1 203 737 4209.

  • Adapted from an abstract published in ACP Journal Club 1997 Sep-Oct 127:44.