According to the Administration on Aging, by 2030, the number of senior drivers age 85 and older will quadruple. And while senior drivers get high marks for some common safety standards, such as wearing seat belts and sober driving, the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety still sites an uptick in traffic accidents after age 65. In addition, driving is a form of independence and provides a vital connection to social and medical resources, so deciding when to give up the keys can be a difficult process.
- The Presence of Neurological Conditions
Parkinson’s Disease, ALS, MS, and Alzheimer’s disease are a few ailments that can impair motor and sensory skills and interfere with a senior’s ability to drive.
- Hearing and Vision
Trouble hearing horns and sirens or problems reading road signs and traffic signals can make driving hazardous for seniors and for other drivers sharing the road.
- Side Effects of Medications
Some prescription drugs carry warnings of side effects, such as dizziness, nausea, and fatigue that can impair driving. Seniors should also be aware that certain medications, when combined, can have side effects that impair driving abilities. Furthermore, even some common over-the-counter medications can lead to impaired driving.
What You Can Do to Help Seniors Who May Need to Give Up Driving
More than 8 million seniors rely on others for their transportation. Having viable transportation options gives seniors access to essential medical and social resources, gives them a sense of independence and helps keep them connected to friends and family. That’s why Caregivers by Wholecare offers transportation services to seniors who cannot drive themselves.