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When Should a Person Stop Driving?

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Is It Time For Your Senior Loved One to Stop Driving?

While getting older doesn’t automatically mean that you should stop getting behind the wheel, signs of aging such as cognitive and physical decline can make operating a motor vehicle more dangerous to yourself and others. Slow reflexes and deteriorating vision can make driving dangerous, but we understand having that conversation with an elderly loved one can feel fraught. That’s why Advancare provides services such as incidental transportation in the Miami area; beyond in-home care, it still allows seniors to maintain a social life and keep their appointments. Below, you’ll find a brief overview of how to know that a senior is too old to drive and how to stop an elderly parent from driving.

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How Do You Know If You’re Too Old to Drive?

Though there is no one indication that it is time to stop driving, there are certain signs that can be observed that it’s no longer safe for your senior to drive. If you notice any of the following indicators, you should attempt to convince a loved one in their golden years to give up their driving privileges.

  • Getting confused by traffic signals
  • Stopping at green lights when there is no stop sign
  • Getting lost and calling a family member for directions
  • Hearing from friends and acquaintances who are concerned about your loved one’s driving
  • Having accidents or side-swiping other cars while parking
  • Running stop signs or red lights
  • Other drivers honk at you

In addition to the above signs, certain medical conditions can inhibit one’s ability to drive:

  • Stroke
  • Dementia
  • Problems with hearing or vision
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Arthritis
  • Diabetes

How to Stop an Elderly Parent From Driving

One of the most common questions that our senior care professionals receive from family members is surrounding how they can prevent elderly parents from driving. For an elderly person, giving up their driving privileges is often a difficult thing to do because it means losing independence. When you have concerns about a loved one’s driving, one option is to request a driving evaluation at a rehabilitation center, driving school, or state licensing agency.

If an older adult is adamant about not wanting to give up their licenses, sometimes family members need to take action on their own. This can mean disabling the car or taking it away.

Incidental Transportation in the Miami-Dade Area

One way to make the car-less life easier for seniors is to hire an in-home caregiving service that provides errand service in and around Miami, or simple incidental transportation. Though we are not a taxi service, the incidental transportation service offered by Advancare can help your loved one get to important activities. Say your loved one’s friend calls them to meet for lunch, but they are homebound and cannot drive. In this case, they would simply call up our company and we would send one of our caregivers to take them.

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To learn more about our incidental transportation services, reach out to Advancare at 305-441-9794.

Professional Assistance in Dementia Care is a Great Idea

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Professional Assistance in Dementia Care

Dementia care for a family member with this disease is physically and emotionally tiring.  In fact, it is this way for the entire family and is often referred as “family disease” due to the fact the children, spouses, and other members of the family are so often the ones who have to give the necessary care day-to-day.

Providing dementia care for a family member can be physically and emotionally exhausting for everyone, especially the major caregiver who needs to get plenty of rest.  As this disease gets worse and involves many changes that are upsetting, it takes a heavier and heavier toll on family life, finances, job and the caregiver’s mental and physical health.  However, a balanced and thoughtful approach can reduce the stress and also help loved ones remain as comfortable as possible.

The family should continue to learn about dementia care and its symptoms, as this will give you the best chance to be able to handle any difficult problems that will develop.  Each difficulty should be tackled separately, beginning with the most annoying problem first.

You will need to accept how the nature of this disease is ever-changing.  Something in dementia care that works well today will probably not work next week.  This makes adaptation very important. For instance, if your loved one no longer uses a spoon or fork, but is able to eat with fingers, serve finger foods as often as possible.  Your two best associates in your caring endeavors need to be common sense as well as creativity.

It is important that stress in the family be avoided as much as possible.  Once stress takes over, dementia care can quickly get out of hand.  Then there is the fact that when it all becomes too much for the major caregiver and the entire family, it might be time to seek another solution for taking care of your loved one.

There are many professional health care providers who specialize in assisting and caring people plagued with diseases like dementia. They are able to better cope with all the physical and psychological hardships associated with such issues because of their knowledge and specialized training. So, rendering their professional assistance for dementia care can be a better idea, not only for someone who is suffering from the disease, but for the whole family.

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