When is it time for an elderly relative to give up the car keys?

The question is a sensitive one – especially in Florida, where so many senior citizens are actively motoring.

But sometimes health or cognitive problems reach a point where it is simply unsafe for an aged driver to get behind the wheel, and it’s irresponsible for a loving relative to let them do so.

So how to raise the subject in a loving and compassionate manner?

Perhaps the AARP can help.

A free AARP online seminar called We Need to Talk provides tips for having “the talk” with a parent, grandparent or loved one. The program combines short videos with printable worksheets and practice sessions.

Following are some pointers:

  • Make a health assessment. A first step is looking at your loved one’s present state of health – including significant limitations such as poor eyesight or impaired reflexes – honestly and without judgment.
  • Acknowledge emotions. Simply talking about giving up driving – much less actually doing it – comes with all sorts of emotions relating to independence, competence and mortality.
  • Evaluate your loved one’s skills. Observe your relative behind the wheel. What can they do well? What can they no longer safely do?
  • Investigate alternatives. How else can they get around? Is public transportation an option? What about walking or biking? It is important that your loved one stay connected and independent.

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Source: AARP http://www.aarp.org/home-garden/transportation/we_need_to_talk/?intcmp=DSO-SEARCH-AARPSUGG

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