August 9, 2021
Aging seniors dread the day they will lose more of their independence by having to give up their driver's license. Unfortunately, no longer being safe behind the wheel is a difficult reality aging seniors must face. According to the CDC, the risk of being in a traffic accident increases as people age.
Older adults are more than twice as likely to report having a medical problem that makes it difficult to drive, compared with people aged 24-64. In 2018, almost 7,700 older adults (aged 65+) were killed in traffic crashes, and more than 250,000 were treated in emergency departments for crash injuries. This means that each day, more than 20 older adults are killed and almost 700 are injured in crashes.
Here are some declining physical and mental abilities a family caregiver should consider when preparing to broach the subject and have a candid talk about the right time for one to give up his or her driver's license.
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