Losing the ability to drive is sometimes one of the harsh realities of aging. The average man outlives their ability to drive by 6 years, women by 10. Luckily, a new report from Consumer Reports details how technology and innovation is helping seniors stay behind the wheel longer and safer.
One way to keeping driving longer is by meeting with a specialist to assess driving abilities and provide training and recommendations. Unfortunately, driver rehabilitation does not guarantee to keep seniors on the road. Sometimes cognitive or physical impairments still keep seniors off of the road.
For those seniors who cannot safely drive, some cities have mobility managers – travel counselors who help seniors understand public transit. These companies may even offer field trips using the bus to encourage seniors to give public transit a try.
What is most important when evaluating a senior’s driving ability is their safety and the safety of those around them. Do not let fears about loss of independence result in a dangerous situation; with technology, there are new ways for seniors to live fulfilling independent lives without a license.
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