Driving can be stressful at any age, but the older one gets the more challenging it can be. This is especially true for seniors with diminished eyesight, hearing, and general awareness. In many cases, it may be time for the Older American in your life to permanently hand over their keys. Short of that, there are things seniors can do to enhance their ability to drive safely. Here are five quick tips:
Getting older is not easy, but adult children of aging seniors may be able to help their senior loved ones learn to accept their limits. For instance, when driving, they can suggest adapting their vehicle to support physical limitations. Adaptations may include installing larger dashboard dials or a steering wheel modification to making gripping it easier. Doctors and occupational therapists can provide some helpful options.
Manage Health Conditions
Seniors are vulnerable to health conditions involving medications and side effects that could make driving problematic. Proper health management and regular visits to the doctor, however, will enable potential risks to be greatly reduced.
Vision and Hearing
Regular vision and hearing tests are a must for Older Americans who wish to drive. Issues like cataracts, glaucoma, and macular degeneration become common as one ages, as well as, hearing impairments. Developing a regular testing schedule is a great way to stay on top of one’s vision and hearing, and catch any related concerns before they get worse.
Update Driving Skills
Older drivers should consider taking a driver evaluation course to receive some coaching to freshen up their driving skills. While some seniors may fear this could lead to their driving privileges being taken away, it is worth knowing that they are safe on the road.
Physical activity is, of course, important for overall health, but it can also build and maintain a level of strength and flexibility needed to turn a steering wheel, look over one’s shoulder, and concentrate for extend periods while driving. Taking walks, stretching, and adding other physical activities to one’s daily routine can make a huge difference.
We know how important it is to keep the senior you love safe on the road. Did this article raise any questions for you? Do not hesitate to contact our office to ask us your questions.