We confront a lot of difficult topics when it comes to aging in America. Among the most difficult, are topics related to losing one’s independence around the home. When mom and dad can no longer drive, you may need to have an extremely tough conversation with one of both of them. We hope this post (and the included video) will help you get through it.
If you talk to an aging adult about independence, one of the topics that usually comes up is that of driving, and being able to get out and about. Unfortunately there comes a time when you may have to have a difficult conversation about taking the car keys away from mom or dad.
When Mom or Dad Can No Longer Drive
There’s a balance that we need to recognize when facing this dilemma. We need to balance the independence needs of our family members with public safety concerns. There are real implications if something should go wrong while you’re having this internal struggle with your parents driving desires.
How Aging Can Affect The Aging Driver
Aging can have significant impacts on one’s ability to drive safely. As the eyes deteriorate, it can be difficult to see where they’re going. Hearing problems can make it difficult to hear audio cues, like sirens and other alert factors. And finally, aging adults can struggle with memory issues, like how to get from location-to-location in an efficient manner.
Like anything, sensitivity is the key. We hope this video brought to you by The Senior List® in conjunction with our partners at Bay Alarm Medical will help raise awareness, and educate families about how to deal with the issue of aging and driving.