Driving Simulator

Sensors & Tools

Isolation is bad for seniors' health.

When confined indoors, a senior is at a higher risk for depression, which in turn puts them at a higher risk of being diagnosed with Alzheimer's or dementia. This means the senior might eventually need a long-term care home--a resource that is increasingly in short supply.

This is why researchers at Bruyère and Carleton want to know if a driving simulator to help keep seniors on the road for longer.

The first step is finding out if a driving simulator is a viable tool for assessing a senior's driving ability. If it is, it can then be used in clinical offices to better assess a senior's driving skills and where they are lacking. This would be particularly useful in memory clinics, where a driving test could become a routine part of a patient’s visit—allowing the monitoring of driving ability over time.

In the future, the simulator might also be used to develop technological supports to help seniors' driving.

This project is part of InnovAging Network.

A simulator to keep seniors on the road and out of the home.

Isolation is bad for seniors' health.

When confined indoors, a senior is at a higher risk for depression, which in turn puts them at a higher risk of being diagnosed with Alzheimer's or dementia. This means the senior might eventually need a long-term care home--a resource that is increasingly in short supply.

This is why researchers at Bruyère and Carleton want to know if a driving simulator to help keep seniors on the road for longer.

The first step is finding out if a driving simulator is a viable tool for assessing a senior's driving ability. If it is, it can then be used in clinical offices to better assess a senior's driving skills and where they are lacking. This would be particularly useful in memory clinics, where a driving test could become a routine part of a patient’s visit—allowing the monitoring of driving ability over time.

In the future, the simulator might also be used to develop technological supports to help seniors' driving.

This project is part of InnovAging Network.