Driving a car enables many people to engage in meaningful activities that, in turn, help develop and maintain personal social capital. Social capital, a combination of community participation and social cohesion, is important in maintaining well-being. This paper argues that social capital can provide a framework for investigating the general role of transportation and driving a car specifically to access activities that contribute to connectedness and well-being among older people. This paper proposes theoretically plausible and empirically testable hypotheses about the relationship between driver status, social capital, and wellbeing. A longitudinal study may provide a new way of understanding, and thus of addressing, the wellbeing challenges that occur when older people experience restrictions to, or loss of, their driver’s license.
|Number of pages||4|
|Journal||Yale Journal of Biology and Medicine|
|Publication status||Published - Mar 2016|