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Dealing with Unsafe Elderly Drivers

Is it time to talk with your aging parent about their driving? It’s a touchy subject because most seniors feel giving up driving means giving up their freedom and independence. At the same time, you don’t want your parent’s deteriorating vision, hearing, memory, or reflexes to become a road hazard to themselves or anyone else.

A recent segment from KVOA News in Tuscon lists some of the warning signs that you need to talk…

Most elderly adults want to continue driving as long as they can do so safely. There are warning signs that indicate someone should begin to limit driving or to stop altogether: Dents and scrapes on the car, fences, mailboxes, garage doors, curbs,

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Exactly HOW you talk with your aging parent of loved one is critical. This is a sensitive topic and it’s way too easy for the conversation to take a wrong turn.ᅠ

Smart move: Watch AARP’s free online video about planning conversations with elderly drivers about their ability to drive safely.

Even better: Take AARP’s free online “We Need to Talk” seminar. It’s comprehensive — but very accessible — and packed with tips and advice that will make you glad you took a little more time to do your homework.


Elderly Drivers: Going Slow Isn’t Enough to Prevent Fatal Accidents

Few news stories are more horrific or infuriating than those about innocent pedestrians killed by elderly drivers (often in crosswalks!) who “never saw anyone in the road.” These tragic incidents happen with alarming frequency and are often cited in the growing “too old to drive” debate.ᅠ

Now, new research shows that even when elderly drivers are aware of their diminished ability to detect hazards and reduce speed to minimize risk, they are still more likely to be involved in serious accidents

Researchers have long known that elderly drivers are more careful and benefit from decades of experience. But a new study says that it doesn’t matter. Old folks are half as likely as younger drivers to be able to see hazards due to their limited field

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According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, motor vehicle crash deaths climb between ages 70 and 74, and increase dramatically at age 75. And it’s not just because diminished vision and reaction times cause more accidents. Medical complications while driving also play a big role.ᅠ

Having a conversation with an aging parent about their safety behind the wheel is never easy. We all want our love ones to keep their independence as long as possible. But when their diminished ability puts their lives and the lives of others at risk, it’s time to speak up before it’s too late.

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