Elderly, families struggle with when to stop driving
(Asheville Citizen-Times) A spate of recent wrecks involving older drivers, including two fatalities in Transylvania County, underscores the seriousness of the issue, with some critics asserting the elderly should be tested more often or face more stringent standards than younger drivers as their reflexes, vision and mental acuity decline. The matter will only garner more attention in the mountains, a region with a high percentage of retirees and older residents. They accounted for nearly 43,400 of Buncombe’s 248,000 residents in 2013. By 2033, projections put the number of residents age 65 and older at 73,400, a 69 percent increase, and comprising almost a third of the county’s projected population, according to the Buncombe County Council on Aging.
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