Individual Differences in Readiness & Action in Driving Retirement

Individual Differences in Readiness & Action in Driving Retirement


Rescheduled due to inclement weather – Thursday, February 21 at 1:30pm CST (lasts approximately 1 hour)

New date and time – Thursday March 21 at 1:00pm CDT (lasts approximately 1 hour)

Registration Fee:

Free (CEU for $10 fee)
No pre-registration needed

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This presentation will discuss the process of retirement from driving – a significant life transition for many older adults – in context of aging-related changes in health and function, personal attitudes and beliefs about aging and independence, and the roles of health and social service professionals in supporting older adults in such transitions. A new clinical tool, the Assessment of Readiness for Mobility Transition (ARMT), will be featured. Video-recorded segments with older adults will highlight various points.


  • By the end of this presentation, participants will:
  • Appreciate the range of issues that come into play when assessing and intervening to help an older client or patient accomplish a successful driving to non-driving mobility transition.
  • Understand how to use the ARMT scale to assess key attitudes and utilize scores to tailor an intervention to address individual needs.

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Thomas M. Meuser, PhD, is a Clinical Geropsychologist and directs the Gerontology Graduate Program at the University of Missouri – St. Louis (UMSL). He is an Associate Professor with appointments in Gerontology, Social Work and Psychology. Narrative gerontology is one of his passions, and he also coordinates the UMSL Life Review Project which pairs graduate students with seniors from the communtiy to video record their life stories. He is a Fellow of the Gerontological Society of America and a longtime volunteer of the Alzheimer’s Association, St. Louis Chapter.

His research interests include loss and grief in aging and dementia, coping and communication issues in dementia caregiving, the impact of aging and dementia on functional capacity (e.g., driving ability., mobility), educational program development and evaluation, and psychotherapeutic intervention. Dr. Meuser has received grant funding from the Alzheimer’s Association, the National Institute on Aging, the State of Missouri’s Alzheimer’s Disease & Related Disorders Research Program, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the American Automobile Association (AAA) Foundation for Traffic Safety, the National Cener on Senior Transportation, Easter Seals, and the Missouri Department of Transportation (MODOT).

Dr. Meuser is known for the development of various geriatric assesment and education-related products, including videos to educate minority populations about Alzheimer’s disease, the MM Caregiver Grief Inventory (MMCGI) and the Assessment of Readiness for Mobility Transition (ARMT) scale. His current work on mobility, including the formation of the ARMT, is conducted in partnership with Marla Berg-Weger from Saint Louis University. His research has been published in various journals, including The Gerontologist, Accident Prevention & Analysis, Journal of Gerontological Social Work, Journal of the American Geriarics Society, OMEGA: Journal of Death & Dying, Death Studies, Educational Gerontology, American Family Physician, and Alzheimer’s Disease & Associated Disorders.

Dr. Meuser earned his Bachelors Degree in Psychology in 1986 from the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Massachusetts, and his Doctorate in Clinical Psychology in 1996 from UMSL. He completed a postdoctoral fellowship in Clinical Geropsychology at the Center for Healthy Aging in Akron, Ohio, in 1997-98, and he held faculty positions at Saint Louis University School of Medicine (1998-99) and Washington University School of Medicine (1999-2007).

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Conference Actions:
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Dr. Meuser’s Mobility Transition Counseling site:

Download the ARMT Tool:

National Center on Senior Transportation:

Beverly Foundation / Senior Transportation Options:

Conversations about Driving Retirement: