Things to Consider with Elderly Driving Issues
A family member takes your car keys and tells you that you can’t drive anymore. Imagine your reaction. I recently faced this issue when it became painfully clear that my dad was experiencing some issues with driving.
Elderly driving issues have long been, and will continue to be, one of those unavoidable conflicts that every family member will eventually have to face.
We've heard it all; elderly drivers drive too slow, too fast, or act like they own the road. Then again, so do drivers of all ages.
When it comes to determining elderly driving capabilities, take a number of things into consideration. I asked my father's doctor about this. He told me that one of the major causes of accidents among seniors today is due to slowed reflexes.
As we age, our coordination and thinking skills slow or decline. Our joints are stiffer, our vision is less than perfect, and we become more sensitive to glare. It's more difficult to follow a moving object. Add medications to the mix and it's easy to see why such situations are an accident waiting to happen.
Taking the car keys away from a parent who is an elderly driver is one of the most difficult aspects of providing care for an elderly loved one. However, always keep in mind that safety always, always, comes first.
Some senior drivers know when it's time to relinquish the keys but for some, the transition is a lot rougher. Have a sit-down talk with your elderly relatives and discuss such issues engage their reactions of what they'll do when it's time for them to stop driving.
Before sitting down, have other options available including information about bus services, senior care driving services, taxis, or even family members willing to pitch in.