Stories about older drivers causing deadly auto accidents have made headlines across the country. Although industry experts say that teenagers are involved in more accidents than drivers over the age of 65, due to inexperience, distraction and driving under the influence, older drivers face some different challenges; most including longer reaction times, slowed reflexes, stiff joints, weakening muscles, and decreased flexibility. Because of this, simple acts like turning the steering wheel or braking suddenly may become more difficult with age. Hearing and vision can also deteriorate and cognitive abilities may decline. Certain medical conditions and medications may limit driving ability, including arthritis, diabetes, Parkinson’s disease and stroke. Regular doctor visits and ongoing communication about issues that may affect driving can help. At WNY Medical, we utilize the state-of-the-art DEXA scanner. This cutting edge technology allows us to perform a total body assessment and provide a more accurate determination of bone tissue status. Contact a WNY Medical location near you to schedule an appointment for evaluation.