The first week of each December is dedicated to Older Driver Safety Awareness. It is extremely important that seniors are able to continue to play an active role within their local communities. The ability to provide their own transportation increases their self-confidence as well as physical health. In some cases this may not mean driving and finding suitable as well as dignified options of transport. It may simply mean a refresher course, rehabilitation, or simply a new pair of glasses. It is important not to degrade elders by focusing on issues. It is better to instead concentrate on resolutions which build their confidence and dignity. The AOTA provides many levels of assistance to seniors such as personalized evaluation and driver’s rehabilitation.
As most individuals grow older they began to experience deterioration of their cognitive and sensory abilities as well as their bodies. Medical science is enabling individuals to live longer and technology is allowing in home aging. Growing older does often mean at least some loss of vision and hearing: however, it does not necessarily mean loss of driving privileges. There are signs to watch for as well as preventive measures which should be considered.
Signs of Potential Driving Issues
There are several preventive measures that not should be taken. Some of these assurances will assist elders in retaining the ability to drive. All of them will ensure their safety as well as others on the road.
Compassionate Note: The process of aging itself is difficult. Adding the loss of physical and cognitive abilities increases these difficulties. It is extremely important to speak with elders about driving issues with compassion, whether a simple trip to a physician or driving cessation is in order. Try to be understanding and never compromise elders’ dignity.
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