“It’s time to retire from driving” is among the most devastating messages a physician can deliver to his or her patients, especially because it impacts one of the most fundamental rights of adulthood.
The recommendation for older adults to stop driving is not supported by extensive research and data. However, as the elder population increases, there are more patients whom family members or physicians believe are no longer physically and/or mentally able to drive. But for many elders, the car is their only means of transportation to and from the grocery store, the doctor’s office, or their grandchildrens' homes. In fact, many older adults shuttle friends who can no longer drive.
-by Nicole Bruno, Community Educator
For some tips about how to have that conversation, please listen to Lauren Watral, MSW, Certified Geriatric Care Manager talk about the Beyond Driving with Dignity Program: http://chapelboro.com/?powerpress_pinw=26330-podcast