The MIT AgeLab collaborates with its sponsors to conduct research to develop original insights, data and platforms for innovation. The AgeLab works with sponsors to translate that research into public education and resources that are helpful to families, students, researchers and the aging community.

Safe Driving & Lifelong Transportation

We Need to Talk: Family Conversations with Older Drivers addresses questions about whether a loved one is driving safely and provides ideas on how to initiate constructive conversations with loved ones around the driving issue. AARP has also used these materials to develop a brief seminar targeted toward adult children of older drivers around this issue. Contact AARP at to find out where these seminars may be available in your area.

Your Road Ahead: A Guide to Comprehensive Driving Evaluations has information about whether a personalized driving evaluation, conducted by an occupational therapist with specialized training, is right for you or for a loved one.

 At the Crossroads: Family Conversations about Alzheimer’s Disease, Dementia and Driving contains information about the issue of driving and dementia and about how to transition a loved one with dementia from driver to passenger.

Professional caregivers, support group leaders, social workers and other health providers who work with individuals with dementia or their families will find At the Crossroads: The Support Group Leaders Kit on Alzheimer’s Disease, Dementia and Driving a resource for them around the driving issue.

Some women who find themselves widowed may also find themselves in the position of becoming solely responsible for their own mobility, or for the transportation needs of others in the household. For some, the change from primary passenger to primary driver is a dramatic one. For information and support for making this transition, see Your Road to Confidence: A Widow’s Guide to Buying, Selling and Maintaining a Car.

Disaster Preparedness

Older adults may be particularly vulnerable to the risks of a natural disaster. Planning in advance can help older adults and their families to be safer and to reduce stress. For older adults and families, see It Could Happen to Me: Family Conversations About Disaster Planning, for the ABCs of disaster preparedness.

The Calm Before the Storm: Family Conversations about Disaster Planning, Caregiving, Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia draws on insights from families and caregivers with a loved one with dementia to provide suggestions and information about planning more successfully for natural disasters.

Longevity Planning

The Caregiver’s Guide to Financial Planning in the Shadow of Dementia equips caregivers with the information and tools to ask the right questions and navigate financial decisions effectively on the behalf of family members living with Alzheimer’s disease or dementia.

The Advisor’s Guide to Financial Planning in the Shadow of Dementia provides financial advisors with the resources to help them help clients and/or clients’ families who may be living with Alzheimer’s disease or dementia manage financial decisions successfully.

The MIT AgeLab has worked with The Hartford to learn more about some of the issues and challenges adults face as they plan for retirement. Why Women Worry explores reasons why women may face a more challenging task planning for and living in retirement than men do.

Couples Planning examines how different married couples’ styles of financial management may be related to their success in retirement planning.

Modern Ideas, Modern Living: Home Design and Planning for the Lifestyle You Want discusses people’s changing environmental needs and wants with age, examines elements of the age-friendly home and neighborhood, and provides checklists for homeowners thinking about the future.


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