Where aging is concerned, there are many harsh realities. Someone once said, “Getting old ain’t for the faint of heart.” They weren’t kidding! Though done right, aging can be an enjoyable experience, full of fun, socialization, relaxation, and more.
One of the hardest realities to face as a person ages is the possibility of losing their independence. One form of independence many older adults lose as they age is the ability to drive safely. So, the question arises, “Should seniors stop driving at some point?” If so, at what point should this occur?
To answer this question, an honest assessment must be made regarding a person’s overall health, and more. Additionally, there are warning signs that typically arise as the need to stop driving increases.
Both physical and mental health need to be assessed to determine whether or not someone should still be able to drive. This may not be easy to do, but must be done honestly and without bias or prejudice.
When heading out on the road, it is important that an aging driver not be hindered from being alert and efficient. Issues that can affect their capability include diminishing physical coordination, reflexes, hearing, and vision. If these are failing, it’s very possible (even probable) that driving should no longer be an option.
Signs to Watch for
Hinting that driving may no longer be safe, many older adults exhibit certain warning signs. Keep an eye out for one or more of the following, especially if you’ve already noticed some of these in your loved one:
- Stress, anxiety, and road rage
- Accidents almost occurring – frequent “near misses”
- Difficulty staying in their lane, changing lanes, and merging
- Recognizing distance between objects while driving a vehicle becomes more challenging
- Erratic speed control – inconsistent acceleration
- Particularly in familiar areas, routinely becoming lost
- Failing to signal when switching lanes or turning
- Keeping track of speed limits becomes a problem
- The right-of-way isn’t easily recognized
- When prompted by traffic lights or signs, failure to stop or yield
Naturally, too many collisions, frequent traffic violations, and reoccurring vehicle damage are even more obvious signs that warrant intervention on an immediate basis.
Can’t Drive Anymore? No Problem!
We all would like our parents to hold onto their independence for as long as possible. But this is no time to be soft in the decision-making department. Their safety – and that of others – is definitely at risk if the above-stated warning signs are already present. It’s time to put your foot down and have a heart-to-heart talk with your loved one. They simply cannot drive safely anymore.
If driving is a problem, here’s some good news… When you reside at the Country Club At Woodland Hills, you enjoy the benefit of transportation services. To get you anywhere you need to go, enjoy free scheduled transportation. We will get you out and back with a team of professional drivers. Contact the concierge desk and make a request. Safely, and on time, the drivers will get you where you need to be.
Some of the trips you may wish to schedule transportation for could include the following:
- Doctors’ appointments
- Religious services
- Dining out, and more
Discover the numerous benefits at Country Club At Woodland Hills, a resident-focused community designed with “the good life” and your well-being in mind. We offer the opportunity for a fun and active lifestyle with health and wellness programs, social and recreational events, and more.
Contact us today if you have questions or if you would like to schedule a tour.