Posts Tagged ‘ senior driving safety ’

Driving Issues for Seniors

Jun 22nd, 2020 | By | Category: Senior Moments Blog

Driving is not an issue seniors generally like to talk about. But there are times when it is prudent to take a look at the issue and deal with reality. The Center for Disease Control says, ” In 2017, almost 7,700 older adults (aged 65+) were killed in motor vehicle crashes, and more than 257,000 were treated in emergency departments for motor vehicle crash injuries.2 This means that each day, approximately 20 older adults are killed, and an additional 700 are injured in motor vehicle crashes.” These figures exceed the national average.

Driving keeps us mobile and independent, but the older we get, the higher the risk of injury. The CDC reports “Older drivers, particularly those aged 75+, have higher crash death rates than middle-aged drivers (aged 35-54).3 Higher crash death rates among this age group are primarily due to increased vulnerability to injury in a crash.” The CDC has a really valuable web page that talks about senior citizens and driving, and SCJ recommends every senior study the page to learn valuable tools and information to remain safe while 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: 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



Senior Drivers: When Should We Give Up the Keys?

Dec 14th, 2010 | By | Category: Senior Finances

It’s time to talk about when to stop driving… again.  A recent news article in The Mercury, a newspaper serving the Tri County Area in Pennsylvania, reported auto accidents and deaths involving senior citizens is on the rise in Pennsylvania.  The senior citizen population has grown to over 16% of the total population.  In 2009, 22% […]