Archive for November, 2009
Posted by: matthew
Maria Lopez, Administrator of All Valley Senior Home Care in Brawley, California shares some tips about speaking to your senior loved one about understanding when its time for them to stop driving.
Has your senior loved one gone out for a drive not saying where they were going leaving you worrying their safety? Have you noticed damage or dents on your senior loved one’s car and they can’t explain the damage or say it must have been someone else? Has your loved one come home late stating they had gotten lost?
If the answer to any of these questions is yes then you may have come to a point were you must ask your senior loved one if it safe for them to drive.
Affects of Aging on Driving
As we get older, our bodies change in ways that make it harder to drive.
- Vision gets weaker. Your eyes become sensitive to glare from headlights or the sun.
- Side vision decreases and it becomes harder to see at night.
- Reflexes gets slower. You may not turn the wheel quickly enough or brake fast enough in an emergency.
- Weaker muscles and stiff joints can make it hard to look behind you when backing up.
- Health problems like Diabetes, Alzheimer’s or Parkinson can also reduce your driving skills.
At some point you may have to encourage your senior loved one to stop driving. This can be difficult because it can be hard to think about giving up the freedom driving gives them. It is important to be honest with them and ask them to be honest with themselves about their abilities.
Questions to Ask
- Do they feel nervous or scared when they drive?
- Has family or loved ones expressed concern about their driving or even refused to ride with them?
- Have they put a lot of dents in their car?
- Do they have a lot of close calls where they almost have an accident?
- Do other drivers honk or yell at them?
- Do they have trouble staying in their lane?
- Do they often get lost?
- When driving does their mind wander?
- Have they received warnings or tickets for their driving?
If you answered yes to any of these questions, you may need to have your loved one’s driving checked by a professional.