Some life transitions are easier to accept, and some are more challenging and difficult. Remember the freedom you felt as a teenager when you learned to drive? If yes, then you can appreciate how difficult it is for elderly loved ones to relinquish that sense of freedom.
For so many who have stepped in to oversee or care for an elderly loved one, the most dreaded transition that is so often fought is from driver to passenger: how do you make mom or dad give up the car?
I recall a few years back my father telling me that he was considering giving up driving. Fortunately, he made the decision on his own and donated his car to charity. Unfortunately, I have heard other not so good outcomes when our elder loved ones continue to drive despite their safety and the safety of others. Intervention is often needed in these cases. Do you have a story to share?
For some guidance on handling this common, but difficult life transition, read a recent Forbes article titled “True Story: The Prominent Dad With Dementia Who Refused to Stop Driving.”
Reference: Forbes (January 7, 2013) “True Story: The Prominent Dad With Dementia Who Refused to Stop Driving”
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