As a caregiver, part of my responsibility is to drive my seniors around when they have medical appointments, need groceries or other house supplies or simply want to get out and about in their living environment. I do not have to argue or fight with them about them driving an automobile. Most likely this is a battle hard fought with their children or other close family members.
So when is it time to say goodbye to their mode of transportation?
Well, this question must be posed individually to each and every elderly person. For some, they are perfectly capable of getting around town all by themselves. For others, though, the thought of them getting behind the wheel of a two-ton vehicle is a frightening thing indeed.
I remember riding in the backseat with my grandmother one day quite some time ago before the police took her license. Grandma had one speed, fast and furious! Since I get car sick, it is simply a wonder that I did not toss my cookies right then and there – especially when we almost kissed the back end of a school bus filled with school children. It was not only this type of occasion, but many others like it that caused the police to step in and take away grandma’s license.
It is good to do it before an accident occurs that cannot be undone. It is difficult since this seems like the end of life as many elders know it – their mode of social situations taken away, but it is necessary to protect them and others on the streets!
While some elders relinquish their license on their own, others may give you grief. If you love them and know that With Age Comes Respect, you will do right by your relative – no matter how hard it is or how mad they get. It is better than losing them before their time is truly up!