» Elderly Drivers: an Age-old Problem – How To Tell Your Loved One That It’s Time to Hand Over the Keys
Elderly Drivers: an Age-old Problem – How To Tell Your Loved One That It’s Time to Hand Over the Keys
February 1, 2010
Do you remember the day that you received your driver’s license? Most people experienced a rush of excitement and a sense of freedom that they can clearly recall many years later. Now imagine losing this mobility and freedom… or even worse, being the one who has to inform an elderly driver that their driver’s license should be limited or even taken away.
The thought of having this often awkward and painful conversation tempts loved ones to procrastinate; however, adequately preparing for this conversation with an elderly driver who poses a danger to himself and others, and understanding the resources available to both you and the loved one, can facilitate what otherwise can be an extremely traumatic experience.
It is important to recognize that everyone ages differently. As such, age alone should never be a dispositive factor in determining whether or not an elder has the requisite capability to drive. However, there is no denying that a person’s physical and cognitive abilities often deteriorate with age. As we age there is a greater likelihood of becoming inflicted with chronic diseases such as arthritis, dementia and hearing impairment. In addition, elderly people are more likely to be injured than younger people in similar automobile accidents.