It’s driving season and according to the CDC, more than 500 older adults get hurt in car accidents every day. But fortunately there’s a program to help you make sure your older relatives stay safe on the roads this summer.
It’s called “Let’s Talk about Driving” and it’s hosted by Home Instead Senior Care here in the Coastal Empire and the Low Country.
The program is available online or a consultant will walk you through how you can talk to you older family members about staying safe on the roads.
Driving is often viewed as a “rite of passage”, so it can be a difficult conversation, but their consultants walk you through what phrases you can use to get the conversation started. Or– if you don’t feel like your loved one hasn’t quite reached the point of transitioning out of driving altogether, the program also teaches you about all the different things that could affect your loved one’s driving skills and what they can do to stay safe on the roads right now.
“One of things that is suggested is to continually think about what’s changing with your parents and to go for a ride with them in the car. Be aware of some of the things they may be having challenges with. Medications can affect the way somebody drives, pain can, stiffness can—like with arthritis, vision changes, hearing changes—knowing that we’re aging, that these things are naturally going to be occurring, then we should at periodic times go ahead and have that drive with them,” said Jennifer Glaser, a Home Care Consultant with Home Instead Senior Care in Savannah.
There are also 10 key warning signs could indicate that your older relative may not be safe on the road including the following:
–Mysterious Dents: If your older relative can’t explain a dent or multiple dents on their car, it could be a cause for concern.
-Trouble turning to see when backing
-Confusing the gas and brake pedals
-Increased irritation and agitation when driving
-Bad calls on left-hand turns
-Difficulty with parking
-Difficulty staying in the lanes while driving
-Delayed reaction and response time
-Driving the wrong speed (too fast OR too slow)
-Riding the brake
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