Worried about senior citizen's driving? Have aging loved one who insists on driving a car?
By comfortkeeper on September 02, 2012
Does your aging loved one senior citizen drive a car and you are worried? Don’t know what to do or where to turn? If you feel or think this way you are not alone. Recently there was a story released about a senior citizen who allegedly drove into 11 pedestrians. When police removed the driver from the car, he disclosed to them he was 101 years old.
Do you worry about your loved one driving? What can you do? If you live in the Delaware County PA, Montgomery County PA, Chester or Philadelphia County area, you can look into the Driver’s Rehabilitation Program at Bryn Mawr Rehab in Paoli. According to their website, the Driver Rehab Program can “Senior citizens to evaluate driving skills and assess if they can safely extend their driving years with a program featuring defensive driving techniques, strategies to conserve energy and compensate for slower reflexes, and exercises to increase flexibility.”
Before discussing the Driving Program with your loved one, review the Bryn Mawr Rehab website page and if needed, contact the program and ask about how it is paid for etc. You don’t want to introduce the subject, have your loved agree after arguing and then have an obstacle. To review the Bryn Mawr Driving Program webpage, click HERE.
If you think that option might not work, Comfort Keepers offers some general suggestions on how to start a conversation with a senior about driving, accepting help in the home, paying bills and other issues that come up as result of aging. You can find these suggestions by clicking on this link: http://www.comfortkeepers.com/office-326/family-education-center/starting-the-conversation
For suggestions on how to talk to your aging loved one locally in the communities of Delaware County PA, Montgomery, Chester or Philadelphia County, call Comfort Keepers at 610-543-6300. For other areas of PA and the United States, click HERE to find a Comfort Keepers near you.