November 01, 2016

Prolonging the Driving Experience and Adapting to Alternatives

By Edward W. Madeira Jr., Carolyn Rosenblatt

Once a person experiences the freedom of driving, it is difficult to think about giving it up. Even with some limitations, an older driver can continue to drive as long as the ability to do so continues. With good planning and proper evaluation, an older driver can prolong safe driving well into one’s eighties and beyond. In this article, we explore ways in which an older driver can strengthen driving skills, get a proper evaluation of driving safety, and find out whether she is still fit to drive using objective, rather than personal and subjective, measures. Finally, we look at other options besides driving so that a degree of independence in getting around can be sustained even when it is time to give up the keys.

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