Families and friends are often reluctant to discuss their concerns with their older loved one's ability to drive. They feel guilty about playing a role in taking away a senior's independence and ability to get around. That's understandable, but if you have concerns about their safety on the road, it's always better to have a conversation.
"It can be an elephant in the room," says Alistair Hicks, owner and CEO of Home Instead Senior Care in Victoria. "Fear keeps families silent; fear of hurting feelings, fear of what it might mean to our own schedule if an older loved one gives up driving… However, avoiding the conversation does not make the issue go away."
Nearly ninety percent of aging adults rely on their car to stay independent and the idea of giving up driving can spark feelings of anger, anxiety and loneliness. That's why it was a surprise to learn in a recent survey by Home Instead Inc. that nearly one third of senior respondents would reconsider driving if family or friends recommended they park their car.
The challenge lies in the fact that ninety-five percent of seniors surveyed have not talked to their loved ones about driving. To help families navigate these sensitive conversations about driving cessation, Victoria Home Instead Senior Care will be conducting a public education program to help get families talking, and our office is hosting an educational workshop on Thursday, September 22nd, from 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm. We'll be providing a light dinner and refreshments. Registration is required. Please call 250-382-6565.
"It's about learning to have these conversations and having a plan in place before medical or cognitive conditions make it unsafe for their senior loved ones to get behind the wheel," says Alistair.
Contact Home Instead at 250-382-6565 for more information.