Families and friends are often reluctant to discuss their concerns with older loved one's ability to drive. They often feel guilty about playing a role in taking away a senior's independence and ability to get around. 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… But 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 sparks feelings of anger, anxiety and loneliness. However, a recent survey by Home Instead Inc. found 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, Home Instead Senior Care has launched a public education program to help get families talking, and the office in Victoria is holding an educational workshop on Thursday, June 23rd from 2:00 – 4:30 pm.
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