According to the U.S. Department of Transportation National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), “older drivers (defined as people 65 years and older) represent a significant and increasing proportion of American drivers.” While 32.2 million licensed drivers were at least 65 years old in the United States in 2008, it is estimated that there will be approximately 40 million drivers 65 and older by 2020, suggesting that as many as a quarter of all drivers will be over 65 by 2025!

Most states do not currently have an upper age limit for maintaining a driver’s license, including California. However, a rapidly aging population as well as several national reports of serious and sometimes, fatal, injuries caused by accidents involving older drivers, calls into question just how old is too old to drive.
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Punxsutawney Phil may have predicted an early spring but as of January 26, 2013, “forty-two states reported widespread geographic influenza activity” and “of all hospitalizations, more than 50% were among adults 65 years and older,” according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Although most people recover from the flu without treatment in approximately one week, if you are 65 or older, especially if you have underlying health problems, such as lung or heart disease, you might be at higher risk of developing complications from the influenza virus that require hospitalization.
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