Posts Tagged ‘ senior citizen driving ’

CONTINUE DRIVING, OR NOT: SENIOR CITIZEN CONCERNS

Oct 14th, 2012 | By | Category: Lifestyle, Health & Fitness

Driving: Top Concern of Seniors Here we go again.  Probably the top concern of seniors and their families is whether or not to continue driving. We all know many seniors see driving as the signature sign of independence.  This senior and her family have had several experiences with elders driving, and think you might find […]



SENIORS: WHEN IT’S TIME TO QUIT DRIVING

Jan 23rd, 2012 | By | Category: Senior Moments Blog

The prospect of losing your driver’s license looms large as certain of our faculties begin to slow. It is not a prospect most of us face with candid and resolute willingness. Many fight against it, to the bitter end. Many refuse to allow the realities of declining sharpness to be acknowledged. It will come and it will insist upon its own way.

Some of the issues that meet us with their frank openness and literal demand are easy to observe: Limited mobility for getting into and out of a vehicle, ability to park within necessary lines, managing the knobs and controls of your vehicle, visual recognition of warning lights and other read outs in your car, seeing behind you when backing up, clarity of vision for reading signs, recognizing stop lights, warning lights, crosswalks, etc., exiting your car with necessary brakes applied, shutting off certain instruments, being sure the car is in the proper gear, dealing with distractions while driving, e.g. conversations, etc.



Seniors: Drive at Your Own Risk

May 25th, 2011 | By | Category: Senior Moments Blog

Lunch companions the other day included my ninety-one year old mother and another resident of the assisted living facility where they both live. Among the conversation topics was one that is very dear to the hearts of most seniors. Driving. Clearly, the new resident is still holding out for the privilege. My mother has long since surrendered the task or the desire. Her issues are serious enough that it is matter of safety that she not drive, for her sake and others.

The reason the other woman at our table wants to continue driving is to be able to travel a relatively short distance from the facility to her home every day to feed her cat. You got it. The cat is now at home alone and must be fed daily. The pet owner is obviously devoted to her cat, but may not be so aware of the implications involved.

Driving is one of the most serious and most fiercely defended acts of independence there is for older