In This Chapter
Talking about driver safety with older adults
Making safety adaptations to cars
Considering other ways to get around
When most people refer to “The Conversation,” they mean talking about end of life. But there is another conversation that is equally stressful: talking about whether driving is still safe for someone getting older. Getting a driver's license is a rite of passage to adulthood, and many older adults see losing the right to drive as a return to childlike dependence. The loss isn't just symbolic. In many places transportation options are limited, although communities are beginning to respond with more age-friendly services.
This chapter approaches the touchy question of safe driving with some practical advice about warning signs and technological adaptations for cars. It outlines some alternatives to automobiles, such as various forms of public transportation, paratransit, volunteers, and paid drivers. Most of the material in this chapter assumes you are the person concerned about an older driver, not that you are concerned about yourself. But as you read, think about your own driving habits as well. Every ...