5 Ways to Tell a Senior Should Stop Driving

Elder Care Saratoga CA: 5 Ways to Tell a Senior Should Stop Driving

Despite his worsening eyesight, 80-year-old Edward insisted he was fine to drive. He valued his independence and liked being able to get to the hardware store to pick up supplies for his latest project. He also enjoyed meeting his friends at the local café for a cup of coffee. If he couldn’t drive, Edward feared he would be stuck at home with nothing to do. But, when his son Bradley started to see new scratches and small dents on Edward’s car, he wondered if his dad should still be getting behind the wheel. Yet, Edward seemed so healthy and capable. It was hard for Bradley to imagine there was something his father couldn’t do. Knowing these five signs that a senior should stop driving could help Bradley and people like him to decide if their older relative should hand over the keys.

1: “Rubber Necking”

One thing that may indicate your aging relative shouldn’t be driving anymore is an inability to pay attention while driving. If they are easily distracted by the things going on around them, they may not be paying attention to the road. To find out, look for “rubber necking” when they drive. Rubber necking is a slang term to describe people turning their heads to watch something as they are passing by. Take a ride with the older adult and let them drive. If you notice them turning their head to look at things while they are driving, it may be time for them to stop. This is especially true if you notice the car drifting in the direction they are looking.

2: Stopping When They Shouldn’t

Seniors who stop at green lights or at intersections where there is no stop sign may be losing confidence in their own driving. Lack of confidence could result in poor decision making and cause an accident.

3: Calling for Directions

If your aging relative calls you or others for directions to familiar places, they may be suffering from memory loss. Not only could getting lost be dangerous, but cognitive problems could cause them to use poor judgement when driving as well.

4: Scrapes on the Fence or Garage

Look for scrapes and other damage to the older adult’s garage door or to a fence near the driveway. The damage could be a sign that they don’t see well or are having trouble judging distances. While you’re inspecting the garage door, take a look at the senior’s car, too. Are there new dents and scratches? If so, they may be running into things.

5: Others Tell You the Senior’s Driving is Dangerous

If you’re getting calls from friends and family members who are concerned about your aging relative’s driving, listen to them. These people are likely calling out of concern for the older adult and for others on the road.

If your aging relative does not want to lose the independence that driving gives them, you can reassure them by hiring elder care. One of the services offered by elder care is transportation. Elder care providers can drive the older adult to the places they need to go, including stores, restaurants, places of worship, and more.

If you or your loved one is looking for elderly care in Belmont, CA, please call Familiar Surroundings Home Care.

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