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Driver Safety

Keeping Loved Ones Safe on the Road

Many caregivers worry about the ability of their loved ones to continue driving safely.

Working to Keep Your Loved One Safe

All parents surely remember watching their child drive off alone for the first time. You reassure yourself that you have done everything possible to make sure they are conscious of safety. You've shared your knowledge of driving, had the conversation about drinking and distracted driving, but at the end of the day, you have to trust that your child will use what he or she has learned to stay safe.

No adult child wants to worry about an older parent behind the wheel. But many do. We all understand how important it is for older Americans to remain independent, mobile, and socially connected. So it is critical that all caregivers approach the topic of driving as respectfully as possible. The good news is that if you identify a problem, the resources and steps I've reviewed can improve your loved one's fitness to drive.

If, however, the time comes when everyone agrees it is time to hang up the keys, many communities have transportation options to get your loved one to the places he or she needs and wants to go. Make sure you've done your homework and can introduce your loved one to all of the community transportation resources that are available.

Caregiving is all about helping your loved ones lead the best possible life. Staying safe on the road is just another important part of that picture. I wish you good luck helping the people you care for get around safely.

All the best,

Elinor

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