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."


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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 ...
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...
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 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...