Trading Independence for Safety
Getting Stubborn Elders to Give Up Driving
Last year in Southern California, an elderly driver plowed through three blocks of people at an open-air market, killing 10 and injuring 50 before he could get his foot on the brake. The tragedy drives home the need for families to get elderly loved ones safely off the road when the time comes -- even if they're innocently driving to local stores.
But getting an elder to give up the independence of driving is often one of the most difficult hurdles for caregiving families to overcome. After what is often more than half a century of driving, the senior may have never had an accident, their license may still be valid, and the family doesn't want to have to play chauffeur on a regular basis. Mostly, family members hate to be the bad guys taking away their loved one's freedom and probably one of their last independent pleasures in life.(MORE)
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