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55 Alive Seniors and Driving

Driving is a very sensitive issue for most seniors. The more objective the family is about their driving skills and abilities the more successful the family will be in convincing the senior to limit their driving or stop driving altogether.

In addition to delivering presentations on Aging and Driving and the Effects of Medication on the Older Driver, Insurance sponsors the 55 Alive Driving Course organized by the Safety Services. This program provides refresher courses for older drivers. These courses update older drivers on traffic laws, signs, signals markings and provide practical advice on safer driving.

To help educate aging drivers, their friends and families,with an intention to Help Aging Drivers. To help drivers to identify diminished driving capacity and help motorists stay behind the wheel as long as is safely possible.

There is a direct correlation between driving skills and medications in the body. Many drugs prescribed for seniors can impair driving skills. Over the counter medications can have the same effect. Alcohol combined with medication can be lethal.
Yearly vision exams are crucial to driving acuity.
  • Glaucoma, cataracts and diabetic retinopathy are the most common eye conditions associated with aging.
  • As people age, peripheral vision is reduced.
  • As people age, they may have trouble telling different colors apart
  • As people age, their eyes are more sensitive to bright lights
  • As people age, night driving becomes more difficult
If problems exist, encourage the older person to consider the safety of others as they make the decision to change their driving habits.

A complete medical exam is necessary if there are indicators that driving performance is changing.
  • Some diseases produce loss of consciousness
  • Loss of range of motion in neck, spine and limbs inhibit a person’s ability to check the rear and sides of the road
  • Weakness in the arms and legs can interfere with steering, braking and accelerating
  • Eye-hand-foot coordination changes
  • Reflexes change
  • Fatigue affects driving
Physicians are required to report and explain findings that relate to driving skills to the DMV, Office of Driver Safety. This is why it is a good idea to let the physician inform the older driver that it is time to consider other forms of transportation. It takes the burden off the family member.

How to Negotiate Driving Privileges

The following questions are designed to assist The Senior’s Choice and family members engage in non-emotional conversation to determine whether or not it is time for the senior to stop driving.

1. Sometimes when I drive at night, it’s hard to see. Does this happen to you, too?
2. Do other drivers make you nervous? I know I get jumpy when everybody goes too fast.
3. Maintaining a car these days sure is expensive. How do you do it?
4. Isn’t parking getting more difficult and expensive these days?
5. I just read about the 55 ALIVE program offered by MPI. What do you know about it?
6. What did the doctor say about your medications and driving?
7. How do you get around when your car is in the shop?
8. Have passengers refused to drive with you? What did you do then?
9. How about letting someone else drive for once?
10. What activities are you afraid of missing? Can anyone else help you get there?
11. When was your last eye exam? How did it go?
12. How much are you paying for car insurance these days?
13. What would you do if a carjacker approached your car?

If you don’t feel safe driving with an elder, refuse to go with them or take two cars.

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