Engaging Elderly Drivers About Their Time Behind The Wheel

Elderly DriversHow to have a productive conversation with an aging driver about moving forward.

We tend to equate our driver’s licenses with independence. It’s not surprising, then, that it can be difficult for an aging friend or family member to come to the conclusion that it’s time to give up driving.

If you think you need to approach this subject with someone in your life, one of the best things you can do is ease in. Rather than approaching your elderly driver with the intention of halting his or her driving right away, come to the conversation with options. Maybe you only take driving at night off the table. Maybe you can enroll your aging driver in a senior-specific driving course to help tune up his or her driving skills.

If you think it’s time for your senior to stop driving entirely, make sure you are understanding. This can be a very difficult transition. Set up alternate modes of transportation to prevent your senior from feeling trapped or isolated with this means of getting out of the house and around town.

Most of all, be gracious. Giving up driving isn’t easy, but you can make it less difficult but being kind and showing sympathy.

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