It can be difficult for the children of elderly parents to have the “talk”. How do you tell your parents it’s time for them to give up the keys? This topic is on most family’s “Top 10 List” of delicate family issues.
Helpguide.org reported on important facts that individuals need to be aware of with elderly parents behind the wheel. “It is a fact that older adults are at higher risk for road accidents than other age groups. Older drivers are more likely to get into multiple-vehicle accidents than younger people do, and the accidents are more dangerous for them than for younger drivers. A person 65 or older who is involved in a car accident is more likely to be seriously hurt, more likely to require hospitalization, and more likely to die than younger people involved in the same crash. Truth is, fatal crash rates rise sharply after a driver has reached the age of 70.”
The way to begin the conversation is to be sensitive. Most drivers don’t want to give up their driver’s license because it is a privilege to have it and signifies independence. If you take away the keys take away the car. Don’t leave it as a constant reminder to your parents that they can’t drive their car. As a family, set up ways for your parents to get to the places they need. Hiring a caregiver is an excellent way to ensure your mom, dad or loved one can get around easily. Whether they need to go to the grocery store, run errands or go to a doctor’s appointment, caregivers are dependable and safe drivers.