You may have noticed that when your dad drives, he struggles to stay between the lines or stop as quickly at lights as he used to. Maybe you’re concerned about the new dents in your mother’s car.
Any aging driver will experience changes in their vision, physical condition, and cognitive abilities, so it’s natural to be worried about their safety behind the wheel. If so, it may be time to sit down with your elderly friend or family member and have a serious discussion about the future of their driving.
Memory loss can be a daunting diagnosis that affects every ability of your life, including your ability to drive. Delayed reactions, a lack of concentration, impaired judgment, or sudden confusion can be difficult to deal with in general, and behind the wheel, they can be a dangerous combination.
In this article, we’ll explore the symptoms of dementia, Alzheimer’s, and other forms of memory loss, touch on how they affect your driving ability, and discuss some possible avenues of action.
It’s natural to feel a bit uncertain about your driving abilities as you age. Maybe you notice a few more close calls, more minor scrapes, and dents, or some difficulty navigating. Maybe friends and family are showing some concern for your safety when driving.
Aging is a natural part of life, but it can come with a gradual decline of the various skills, senses, and reflexes that help us drive safely. And while for many of us, driving is a big part of personal freedom and independence, that safety — both for us and others — is important.
In this article, we’ll explore what happens to your driving skills as you age, and also some ways to prolong your safe driving years.