Published Papers - Abstract 486

Byles J & Gallienne L. Driving in older age: a longitudinal study of women in urban, regional and remote areas and the impact of caregiving. Journal of Women and Aging, 2012; 24(2): 113-125

This study uses data from the Australian Longitudinal Study on Women's Health to describe the trends in the proportion of older women who drive themselves as their main means of transport, factors associated with giving up driving, and the impact of women's caring roles on driving cessation. Compared to major cities, the odds of driving were 110% higher in outer regional areas, particularly for women carers. This highlights the importance of informed and responsive transport policies to address the needs of older women who are unable to continue driving, those living in rural areas, and women who are carers.