Having to tell a senior citizen that they should stop driving for the safety of themselves and for others is not always an easy task.
According to the 2016 United States Census Bureau, there are more than 49.2 million senior citizens, with the numbers growing. NBC Right Now, has given a few tips for family members and friends to make the conversation of telling a senior citizen to give up their keys a bit easier.
- Have a plan in place
- Start a conversation
- Involve a third party
- Get creative
- Get the law involved
These tips are great to think about how you will tell an elderly person to stop driving. It is also a way for individuals to think about their plan when it comes to giving up driving. Author of the article, Julyne Derrick notes, “Just as you plan for long-term care costs and your retirement, experts advise you should also plan for the time when you’ll have to stop driving. You can even draw up an agreement for family members to sign that you can bring out when the time comes.”
By creating a plan for yourself, there will be less pressure when it comes to your family having to make a decision on their own. With the risk of being injured or killed in a motor vehicle crash increasing with age, it is important to think about how you will need to give up driving at a certain point. It is not only for the safety of yourself, but for other drivers and pedestrians.
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