Aug 9, 2018 by David Yeomans
In most parts of the United States, access to a motor vehicle is physically and emotionally linked to a person's freedom and independence. Many seniors in the United States worry that their ability to drive will eventually cease. Let's look at a few of the reasons behind those concerns.
Medications. Most seniors over the age of 65 take 5 or more different medications each day. Many seniors take pain medication for chronic ailments. If any of these medications or a combination of them limit a senior's cognitive or physical ability to drive, then getting behind the wheel is no longer safe.
Eyesight. Our eyes deteriorate with age. While there have been many medical advances when it comes to vision, there are still limitations. Seniors who have lost vision due to glaucoma, macular degeneration, or another ailment may not be able to see well enough to drive safely.
Physical Ailments. Seniors, on average, suffer from more physical ailments that other age groups. From arthritis to Parkinson's there are chronic conditions that may make it difficult to safely operate a motor vehicle.
Cognition. As with physical ailments, conditions that limit the thought process may make it difficult or impossible to drive safely. From Alzheimer's disease and other forms of dementia to traumatic brain injuries, there are many ailments that impact seniors disproportionally.
Hearing. Hearing is as important as vision when it comes to safe driving. Hearing loss can often be corrected, but if a senior does not have their hearing checked they may not be able to hear all the things they need to remain safe on the road.
There are things a senior can do to help themselves when it comes to driving. Courses through AAA and AARP designed to help senior drivers may even lower car insurance. Regular medical and vision checks can help with physical health, and regular exercise can help keep the body strong and limber enough for safe driving.
Should a senior not be able to drive safely, Comfort Keepers homecare services can help. Many seniors go through a period of anger, frustration, and even depression when they can no longer drive. Much of this is due to a perceived lack of freedom.
Comfort Keepers homecare services offer local transportation support to ensure seniors get where they need to go when they need to get there. From social outings and dining opportunities to shopping and medical appointments, a senior does not need to give up their quality of life or independence just because they turned over their car keys.
For more information about the many ways Comfort Keepers homecare services can help your senior loved one maximize the quality of their elder years, contact a senior home care coordinator today.
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