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I Wish There Were...

Illustration of farm animals
Ping Zhu
By Vanya Jones
Injury researcher Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
I Wish There Were...
a way to help older drivers know when it’s time to turn over their keys—before they cause some catastrophic crash, or get hurt themselves, or put their family in the difficult position of having to make the decision for them.
Vanya Jones develops programs aimed at assessing older adults’ cognitive and physical abilities so that, when the time comes, they can make a reasoned—and comfortable—decision to stop driving. It’s complex because not driving might be safer, but it can put a person at risk of isolation. “We just don’t know enough to help physicians talk with their patients, for the DMV to make policy,” says Jones, who is developing a driving retirement workbook. “Hopefully, in the next 10 to 12 years, we’ll be able to come up with strategies that are solid and grounded in research to help people make an educated decision.”