ABSTRACT

The American Heritage Dictionary (2000) provides two definitions for the word assessment: “the act of judging a person, situation, or event” and “the classification of someone with respect to their worth.” For older adults who are having their driving abilities assessed, many feel as if both definitions are being applied to them. Most older adults have been driving for more than 50 years and have been enjoying the independence and self-reliance that being able to drive affords them. It may never have occurred to these older adults that some day they may not be safe to drive. When screening suggests that their driving may be unsafe they often feel angry and unjustly singled out. For most people, and for older adults in particular, the ability to drive independently is closely related to feelings of self-worth.