There are no simple answers when it comes to the topic of senior driving. This highly sensitive issue is one that nearly all caregivers eventually face. For older adults, giving up their licenses is a threat to independence. For their families, it's about safety.
Evaluating Your Individual Case
State laws vary as to testing and license renewal, and it's important to understand that no two people or situations are the same. The materials in this section discuss the importance of evaluating on an individual basis, how to assess your parent's driving, how to spot signs of difficulties and how to have a candid discussion on the subject.
Resources for Safety and Peace of Mind
What recent studies show about aging and driving skills may surprise you. In addition, we share resources available from the AARP, AAA and other organizations. You'll learn:
how physical and cognitive changes affect driving ability
what features to look for when buying a new car for a mature driver
how to find programs and courses to improve skills
what alternative modes of transportation and companion services exist
The issue of seniors and driving is a controversial one. No single senior is the same when it comes to how long he or she can safely continue to drive. State laws vary on the topic and each senior must be evaluated on an individual basis. Home Instead Senior Care can help with transportation needs of those older adults who must give up their driver's licenses.