Elizabeth Dugan, Gerontologist


Elizabeth Dugan is an associate professor of gerontology at the McCormack Graduate School of Policy and Global Studies at the University of Massachusetts Boston.

She studies medical aspects of driving regulations and policy and how doctors and older patients talk about difficult issues such as whether a patient is medically fit to continue to drive. Dr. Dugan is the author of Driving Dilemma: The Complete Resource Guide for Older Drivers and Their Families.

Why I Care "My interest in gerontology was sparked by my grandmother and an inspiring professor."


Recently Published on Caring.com

Does Dad have to have an accident before someone intervenes and gets him to stop driving? — Oct 29, 2014
I understand your frustration, I think figuring out if a parent is legally safe to drive or not is one of the hardest things adult children confront. First, check State D...
Can adult children overrule a doctor in taking away the keys to the car? — Aug 17, 2013
You don't say what your father thinks, and he is the key person in this. Instead of trying to "over rule" the doctor, how about talking with your father to see how he feel...
My mother refuses to give up her car keys, what can we to so make her stop driving? — Nov 03, 2011
Thanks for sharing your situation, I'm sorry -- it sounds very, very challenging. It isn't clear to me what your mother's health problems are that make her unfit to drive ...
Why would my husband have a driving restriction after having a seizure? — Jun 29, 2011
Thank you for your question about seizures and driving restrictions. Medical conditions that alter our level of consciousness impact our ability to drive safely. The more ...
How can I get my father-in-law to stop driving even thought he's passed a written test? — May 18, 2011
Thanks for your question. This is such a tough situation -- trying to manage a difficult situation remotely, then add in the family patterns of communication (or not, in th...
Will my air bags to more harm than good to my 92 year-old dad with osteoporosis? — Apr 06, 2011
Thanks for your question about osteoporosis and airbags. Compared to middle-aged adults, all older adults are at increased risk of severe injury or death in a crash. Havi...
With power of attorney, can I keep Dad from renewing his driver's license? — Jan 28, 2011
Thanks for your question. Dealing with a medically impaired loved one who keeps talking about driving, when he/she is not at all fit to drive, is really tough. To me it so...
How can I approach Mom about giving up her car keys? — Dec 20, 2010
Thanks for your questions. It sounds like you have your hands full. To answer your questions: Yes, it is possible that if your mother was in an at-fault accident she cou...
How can I spare my husband's pride when asking him not to drive anymore? — Jul 27, 2010
Thank you for your question and for providing enough detail to get a glimpse of your husband -- beyond a collection of diagnoses, but as a proud, very high-achieving man - ...
How do I take the keys away from an alcoholic parent? — Jun 26, 2010
This is a tough situation, I'm sorry you have to deal with it. I'm going to assume that you have tried to talk to her to convince her not to drink and drive, and that has n...