chapter  31
Driving and dementia
ByAoife Fallon and Desmond O’Neill
Pages 11

Driving has become an almost indispensable part of everyday life for older people worldwide, with falling use of public transportation and increasing personal auence leading to greater access to the personal car (OECD, 2001). ese trends are particularly noticeable in rural areas, where the proportion of older people tends to be higher and where public transport is less accessible. It is increasingly clear that the private car and walking are the predominant forms of transport for not only the general public but also older people in the developed world: even if usage of public transport is increasing among older U.S. citizens, it is from a very low baseline and still below 3% of trips (Lynott and Figueiredo, 2011).