Seniors and their families don't always see eye-to-eye about whether that older adult should continue to drive. Here are some strategies to help your readers get everyone in the family on the same page:
Get the facts and decide the best course of action. Taking away the car keys should be the last choice. An evaluation from an occupational therapist can provide an objective third-party voice.
Blame the disease. Think about giving up a lifelong habit and what that could mean in your life. The self-esteem of older adults who no longer drive can suffer. Remind an aging loved one that they did not lose their ability to drive because someone, like their caring physician, arbitrarily "took it away." It was the changes experienced from their disease or condition of aging that made it no longer safe to drive.
Make sure you have a plan in place. Unless families suspect an immediate threat of danger to an older adult or others, it's not recommended they take the car keys away from that senior without presenting a comprehensive plan of alternatives to help give that individual the confidence that he or she can still face life with independence.
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