Elderly Drivers

Getting an elderly driver to admit that it may be time to stop driving can be very difficult. To nearly every senior, driving represents freedom and independence — the ability to visit friends, go to the movies and shop — without relying on anyone else. Very often, the question of declining driving abilities becomes personal and very emotional. Despite this, you may have to make the decision for them for their own safety and the safety of other drivers and pedestrians.

Here are more helpful Internet resources for family caregivers facing this issue because of an aging parent or elderly spouse. Simply click on the link for the website you would like to visit.

AARP's Driver Safety Program — the highly recommended Driver Safety Program for older people.

Association for Driver Rehabilitation — offers referrals to professionals trained to help people with disabilities, including those associated with aging.

"Driving Safely While Aging Gracefully" (article)

"When to Put the Brakes on Elderly Drivers" (article and checklist)

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