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Driving Concerns for Seniors

Driving Concerns for Seniors

There comes a time for every senior when driving is no longer a safe option. If you have a loved one that is causing you concern because of their driving habits, it may be time to sit down and address the situation. Nobody likes to be told they are no longer capable of doing something. Many seniors may feel that losing their driver’s license is the beginning of losing their freedom and sense of responsibility. You can appeal to that ingrained sense of responsibility to help them see that the decision to continue to drive affects more than just themselves. They need to consider pedestrians as well the effect on their loved ones should they get into a serious accident. Warning Signs If you notice your loved one’s eyesight, reaction time and/or general dexterity are on the decline, this can lead to problems behind the wheel. An increased number of tickets for traffic violations or ‘fender benders’ are a strong indication it may time to consider getting tested or re-assessed. Some medications can affect driving capability, so a detailed look at all medications should be undertaken. How to Approach This Delicate Subject Telling the person that taught you to drive that they are no capable of handling a vehicle can be an intimidating prospect. Even if they are not the one that taught you to drive, telling your loved one they should reassess their driving abilities can be a difficult subject to broach. Here are some ideas to consider to get things started: Bring up the subject in a calm and caring, yet direct manner Stress that the primary...
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