Caring for Elderly Parents Who Combine Driving With Health Issues? Part 2

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For the 4th of July this Sandwich Generation family enjoys patriotic books music clip art and picturesFREEDOM CAUTIONS FOR THE SANDWICH GENERATION 

It's important to remember that just because we HAVE the freedom to do something, doesn't make it RIGHT. And, as hard as it may be, our senior parents need to consider that as well. And it's NOT easy, is it! Not for them! Not for us! Not for ANYONE! And sadly, someday, hopefully not too soon, it will be us, when we reach the stage of being elderly senior citizens, dealing with this very same issue with our own kids.


I was blessed that, because my parents had a tough time with some of these issues with their own aging parents, they prepared themselves mentally for this season of life. It didn't always make it TOTALLY easier, BUT it did make it a LOT easier. They made their living will, their power of attorney, their regular will. But driving wasn't something they'd really thought about. So my aging dad did have to spend more time thinking it through than I might have preferred. However, he finally come to the right decision safely, with a clean record. And for that, I am so grateful. And yes, I'm already making notes to myself in my head to be agreeable to stopping driving when it is no longer safe to do so. BUT! How do we decide that? 

My senior dad loved his Nova rollator when he reached the end stage of Parkinsons DiseaseSOMETIMES DECIDING NO MORE ELDERLY DRIVING CAN BE FAIRLY OBVIOUS

In my senior dad's case, he was entering the beginning of end stage Parkinsons Disease, with several distinct signals, including a lot more freezing, and a noticeable change in his gait. I also saw him slowing down considerably in his responses to various things and that his ability to turn to check for traffic was starting to be impacted. But it's not always that easy. AND it's not always necessary to stop – maybe they just need some extra training.


Here are more great resources to help all of us in the Sandwich Generation as well as our elderly parents, starting with:

As this cute country clipart illustrates I consider AAA roadside assistance clubs plan as valuable as medical alert systems devices for both the elderly senior citizens AND myself - my knights

Last week, I wrote about AAA, my own personal roadside heroes with their great roadside assistance plan clubs (which, by the way, are an excellent resource for senior parents in case they ARE out driving and have car problems! As valuable as their cell phones for senior citizens) and their senior drivers educational site.

  • AARP also has a great looking, online driver safety course. The prices vary, depending on where you live, but all are under $24 for AARP members (under $30 if you are not a member), and again, depending on your state, completing the course may qualify you for "an automobile insurance discount given by your insurance company. In some states separate rules may apply to online driver improvement courses. Contact your insurance agent for more details." 
  • While you are there, be sure to check out their excellent checklist of warning signs to watch for that you can use to help you decide how your senior parents are doing, along with several other useful and informative articles on the topic of elderly drivers
  • For those of us with senior parents living long distances from us, EldercareABC has a couple of excellent suggestions specific to driving assessments in their article, Visiting Elderly Parents for the Holidays? – 6 Safety Signs to Watch For
  • Another excellent resource I appreciate, Seniors For living, has written several articles on this topic, including Study Shows Older Drivers Make Mistakes.
I also love happy holiday patriotic 4th of July clip art for fun activities for grandparents and their grandchildren copyThis is definitely one of the tougher and pricklier issues of caring for the elderly parents and relatives in our families. What a blessing to all of us in the Sandwich Generation to have such great help and resources. That's great news for ALL of us boomers and seniors
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  1. Caring for Elderly Parents Who Combine Driving With Health Issues? Part 2: via @SandwichINK

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    • June 30, 2011

    Caring for Elderly Parents Who Combine Driving With Health Issues? Part 2: via @SandwichINK

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    • June 30, 2011

    Caring for Elderly Parents Who Combine Driving With Health Issues? Part 2: via @SandwichINK

  2. It’s great to know when to tell daddy or mommy when to stop driving because it becomes dangerous for them. But, sometimes, we find it difficult to convince a stubborn father or mother to do so. So, how can we do it? There are many tricks to do so.

  3. Hi Janett, There are, indeed, some tips and ideas to help us when we are taking care of elderly parents and dealing with their driving issues. You’ll find many in this article, including the links, as well as the preceding article, Caring for Elderly Parents Who Combine Driving With Health Issues, along with all the books linked in both articles. As I mentioned, it’s definitely one of those prickly subjects for which there is no perfect, one-size-fits-all, solution. All tips are warmly welcomed and appreciated! 🙂 Have a blessed and happy holiday red white and blue weekend!

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  5. Thank you so much for these great resources. It’s really kind of you to help. 🙂

  6. Thanks Janett 🙂

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