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Seniors and Driving: Having the Conversation

Here are some examples of how to communicate with seniors in your life about driving. And remember to listen more than you talk!

“I think it’s smart that you have decided to not drive at night because you don’t feel comfortable doing so. I don’t want you to miss out, though. Let’s discuss how to make sure that you still have a way to get where you want and need to go in the evening.”

“I know you count on driving to stay connected to your friends, but I’m concerned about your driving. I’d like to work on a solution together. Even if an accident is not your fault, you could be seriously hurt.”

“It’s not you, Dad. The disease is robbing you of your ability to drive. You can’t blame yourself. We all just want you to be safe. Let’s talk about how you can give up your car but still be active. What are your concerns?”