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How seniors can stop driving without sacrificing independence

Public transportation riders exit a bus.
Public transportation riders exit a bus.
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With California’s increasing population of residents 65 or older, the question of how they can give up their car keys and maintain independence becomes more common.

Mobile apps and public transportation have made the transition more accessible, but how to approach the subject of “driving retirement” can still be anxiety inducing.

According to a study by the the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, seniors who are not independently mobile are more prone to depression and isolation.

Today, we discuss what transportation planners have in mind to keep seniors independently mobile on public transportation and city streets.


John Locher, senior ombudsman for the California Department of Motor Vehicles

Bunni Dybnis, a social worker at the Los Angeles-based geriatric care service LivHome AARP