One of the hardest parts of the aging process can be giving up one’s mobility. At a certain point, it’s just not safe to operate an automobile. Sometimes, it’s hard for seniors to admit this to themselves, and that can leave it up to their adult children to step in and have the necessary conversation. That’s why I want to talk to you about some of the warning signs to look for when navigating this difficult part of life.

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As people age, their health declines, and so much of this can affect a senior’s ability to drive. If the doctors diagnose your parent with Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, or another form of dementia, then the time has come for them to stop driving.

Check in with your loved one about their medications, and especially note anything that can cause drowsiness or confusion. You may want to join them for a doctor’s appointment to discuss any possible side effects, especially if your parent is on several medications or drinks alcohol as that can have ill effects with certain medications.

Senses and reflexes are essential to good driving, and if those become impaired, your parent may not be able to hit the brakes in time, hear the sirens coming, or see the pedestrian in the road.

If you make the decision to take the car keys from your parent, however, you need a plan in place to ensure they can get where they need to go and run all their necessary errands. It could mean assigning family members to take turns with grocery shopping, doctor appointments, and prescription pick-ups. There are also senior transportation services available in many areas if you do not have the assistance of family for some reason.

Do you think it’s time for your parent to stop driving? Need more advice? Please contact our Orange County estate planning and elder law firm at (949) 333 -3702 to set up a consultation. We’ll help guide you and your family through these difficult decisions.

 

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Kevin Snyder is a husband, father, and an attorney at Snyder Law, PC in Irvine, California. He’s all about family and passionate about estate planning, elder law, veterans and teaching others how to protect what matters most: family, dignity, and legacy. Snyder Law helps families from Orange, Los Angeles, San Diego, Riverside, and San Bernardino counties, all the way to San Francisco, San Mateo, Contra Costa, and Alameda counties. 

 

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