Seniors & Driving: Signs for a Change
For most of us, driving has been an important aspect of our independence. The idea of giving up driving can be distressing, especially if you have been driving safely for years.
According to the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety, rates of fatal crashes increased for senior drivers starting at age 70. Aging can bring vision impairments, loss of motion, and decreases in strength and mobility. And while aging doesn't equate to giving up your license, an evaluation of your driving skills might be warranted.
For seniors, there are a few signs to consider:
• Recent dents or scratches on the car
• Comments from friends or neighbors about driving skills
• New health issues
• Chronic complaining about other drivers
• Recent tickets
At Country Meadows Village, we have a solution! Let us chauffeur you around in one of our two luxury busses. You'll have someone to help with packages, drop you off doorside, wait for you, help you after any medical appointment and let us worry about expensive auto maintenance and insurance! We can even go in the evening, a time many seniors avoid driving. It's a win-win for you, all you need to do is buckle in!
Ultimately, everyone should feel safe driving. Anticipate how your driving will be affected in the next few months and years. Be honest with your abilities and consider recommendations from an occupational therapist to improve your skills and keep you driving for years to come.
Call Country Meadows Village and schedule a tour today. We want your senior living to be filled with fun and worry-free for years to come!
COUNTRY MEADOWS VILLAGE
155 S. Evergreen Road, Woodburn