Coping with Driving Cessation
There are a variety of factors to consider when it comes to driving cessation. Factors that influence driving safety include stiff joints, vision, hearing, dementia, reaction time, medication, and alternative transportation options. To learn more about each of these factors and the questions you should consider before deciding about driving cessation, consult the National Institute on Aging guide for older drivers. Also consider checking out our other article about when it is right to give up driving.
It is important to note that upon driving cessation, many seniors may have unrealistic expectations regarding mobility support and access to transportation. It may be helpful to discuss expectations and create a detailed plan for when they will have access to transportation. This process may help your loved one cope with their mobility transition.
After driving cessation, many seniors worry that they will lose their independence and be unable to get around without their car. However, there are many more transportation options available than one might think. For example, many counties provide free or low-cost transportation for seniors and many communities provide scheduled shuttles to the grocery store or mall. Check out this article to learn more about alternative transportation options.