Some seniors may reach a point where they are no longer sure if they should continue to drive, but are afraid to give up their license for fear of losing their independence. Alternatively, children of many seniors often wish their mother or father would stop driving but are not sure how to initiate this conversation. The Area Agency on Aging 1-B has two free resources available to help seniors and their caregivers with this difficult decision.
“How’s My Driving: Simple Tips for Maintaining Driving Skills” developed by the Michigan State Police Third District Headquarters provides a short self-assessment test for seniors to determine if they should change their driving habits. The guide also lists local resources available if seniors want more information on refresher skills and other options. The resource titled “We need to talk…family conversations with older drivers” developed by The Hartford Financial Services Group provides a wealth of information to family members who are concerned about an older loved one’s driving ability. This guide gives ideas on when is a good time to begin talking about driving, how do I prepare for serious conversations about limiting or stopping driving and many other essential topics.
To obtain copies of these two resources contact the Area Agency on Aging 1-B at (800) 852-7795.
The Area Agency on Aging 1-B also has a Senior Driving/Transportation Counseling program that can help older adults transition from driving.