Convocation 2017: Glenyth Caragata, PhD, research on understanding older drivers’ needs
Glenyth Caragata’s interest in how older adults make their driving decisions was a natural avenue for her graduate studies. The SFU PhD student had watched her own father struggle with behavioral changes associated with progressing Alzheimer’s disease, which were affecting his driving.
As an employee at the Insurance Corporation of BC (ICBC), her evaluation of an older-driver education program revealed that little is known about seniors’ decision-making experiences behind the wheel. To learn more, Caragata carried out interviews with 37 healthy drivers between 70-96 years of age in a three-part study.