As we age, we are faced with deteriorating physical and mental abilities, which make performing certain tasks no longer possible. Proper vision, reflexive response and general awareness are among the abilities we lose over time. Unfortunately, these are necessary components for safe driving. The debate has always been at what age is it no longer safe for someone to drive? However, there are some who are capable of driving well into their 80’s, while others in their 50’s have no business behind the wheel.
Many factors need to be considered when it comes to aging and setting a mandatory age for driving restrictions. Everyone ages at a different pace and some may be affected by illness or other incidents that make driving no longer possible. Seniors suffering from dementia or Alzheimer’s often get lost and confused and cannot think logically. Parkinson’s patients suffer from uncontrollable tremors and stiffness. Seniors who have had a stroke may have paralysis in parts of their body or memory loss. Most individuals suffering from these illnesses are over the age of 65. The effects of the normal aging process can also inhibit your ability to properly operate a vehicle.
Driving is a privilege that we enjoy throughout most of our lives. It represents many things to us including mobility, opportunity, freedom and independence. However, the privilege of driving is also accompanied by the responsibility of driving the vehicle in a manner that doesn’t endanger others. If you think you or a loved one may be having difficulty driving, it is a good idea to consult a doctor. A doctor will be able to test the senior’s reflexes and vision to make sure they are at the proper level for operating a vehicle. If the doctor finds the senior can no longer safely drive, there are many options for elderly transportation.
A caregiver from Home Care Assistance in Albuquerque can provide personal transportation services for grocery shopping, pharmacy visits, medical appointments, social events and more. Local shuttles are also available as transportation for seniors to public areas. In most cases elderly drivers do not want to give up the independence of driving, but for the safety of others and their own, it may be the best option.
Currently there are no age restrictions for when you can no longer drive. For now it is left to your best judgment. If your loved one is exhibiting behaviors that have you concerned about their wellbeing and ability to drive, take action. Contact Albuquerque Home Care Assistance for personal home care and transportation for your loved one.