Mental Exercise Can Keep Older Drivers On the Road

Researchers at the University of South Florida say brain training exercises designed for improving memory can also help older adults hang on to their ability to drive. The study, which spans 10 years of research, is the first of its kind to show that “speed of processing training” can improve a range of driving skills over a five-year period. The research shows that cognitive performance, including how quickly the brain can process information and act on it, may be the strongest indicator of a potential decline in driving ability apart from physical limitations like failing vision, said the study’s coauthor Jerri Edwards, an associate professor in USF’s School of Aging Studies.