One of the most difficult issues to tackle with an aging loved one is the issue of driving. Caregivers and family members may realize it’s time to take away the keys long before the senior recognizes or acknowledges the problem. Even physicians are hesitant to talk to their patients about not driving, leaving the onus of the decision on families.
For the senior, not being able to drive can be emotionally devastating. They may feel that they have lost their independence, identity, and ability to be self-sufficient.
Statistically, seniors are often able to drive into their seventies and eighties. In fact, older drivers have a lower crash rate than drivers 25 years old, however, they are more likely to be killed or seriously injured in an accident.
Here are some tips to help you recognize it’s time to seriously consider taking the keys away from your aging loved one.
Signs that you should monitor the senior’s driving:
How to recognize it’s time to have the “no driving” discussion:
How do you approach the “no driving” discussion? Very carefully.
This is going to be a tough discussion. Even if the senior knows they should no longer be driving, they may resist handing over the keys. You may have to have several discussions on the issue and enlist help from a physician, clergyman or other influencer. If nothing works, you may have to find the keys and literally take them away. Then help the senior to move on with life using other viable transportation and lifestyle options.[gravityform id=”2″ name=”For More Information” description=”false”]