For many seniors, one of the hardest lifestyle adjustments of aging
is having to give up the keys. Not only does being able to drive oneself
make everything easier and more convenient, but it is representative of
the freedom and independence that everyone wants.
your license as a teenager, there is no legally mandated age at which
you are expected to surrender it. In many cases, it is up to the
individual and their families to decide when it is no longer safe for a
senior to drive. This can be a bit of a minefield, and often families
put off these conversations until an incident has occurred or the
senior’s driving has become noticeably dangerous – which makes it even
more challenging when the talk does eventually occur.
In order to
avoid this, we recommend asking yourself these questions when
determining whether it's still safe for your senior to drive:
you’ve determined that, indeed, it is time to have a conversation with
your senior about driving, it’s important to remain calm and have ideas
ready for alternative methods of transportation for your senior. Here
are some other things we have found to work well:
For more information
about caring for seniors, or to inquire about hiring a professional
CAREGiver to provide transportation and other services to a senior in
your life, please contact Home Instead of Central Oregon at
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