Although the American Automobile Association (AAA) states that aging parents and other seniors are safer drivers than drivers in other age groups, they are more likely to be more seriously injured in accidents. And at some point, many older drivers become less adept at driving, making getting behind the wheel a risk for themselves and for others. For family members and caregivers with a senior driver, an upcoming webinar entitled “Seniors and Driving” can provide some valuable information.
“Seniors and Driving” is the latest in the ongoing series of Family Caregiver Support webinars. It is scheduled to begin at 10:00 a.m. Pacific time (12:00 noon Central, 1:00 p.m. Eastern) on Wednesday, June 8, 2016.
Discussions about when aging parents or others should cease driving are often painful and difficult. The independence and freedom associated with driving are cherished by most older adults. In addition, talking about stopping driving often brings up unpleasant feelings or unwelcome facts that many aging parents might rather avoid acknowledging. But transitioning from a driving to a non-driving situation can be crucial, and is better brought about by discussion and decisions than by a crisis such as an accident.
This webinar can help families learn about developing a plan to help aging parents move from behind the wheel but still have ways to stay in touch and engaged with others in their social circle.
Home caregivers who attend this online webinar can leave the session being able to:
- Suggest ways to help aging parents make the transition before an accident brings the matter to a head.
- Present a new way for aging parents to think about transportation and to realize other options.
- Share resources and solutions that can help older adults stay active and involved even when no longer being in charge behind the wheel.
Lakelyn Hogan is currently working toward a Master of Arts in Social Gerontology. Lakelyn’s passion for helping others has led her work with aging adults and their families as they navigate the senior care continuum.
Upcoming in the Family Caregiver Support webinar series is “Living at Home with Arthritis,” which will be held on July 6, 2016.