Nov. 21, 2001 -- How can you determine if an elderly driver is
no longer safe behind the wheel? The American Automobile Association Foundation
for Traffic Safety offers these guidelines:
Does the driver have difficulty working the pedals or turning his or her
head fully to check blind spots when changing lanes?
Does the driver "miss" traffic signs or stop lights?
Do other drivers honk frequently at the driver?
Does the driver get lost or disoriented easily, even in familiar
Has the driver been issued two or more traffic tickets in the past two
years or been involved in collisions or "near misses"?
If the answer to any of these questions is yes, let the senior
driver know you have concerns. Start a conversation about how the driver might
sharpen skills. Or, if you think the driver should give up driving, seek help
from his or her personal physician, the Department of Motor Vehicles, or
Hannah Kalil is 83 years old, and lives by herself in upstate New York. She
has aides who help with her caregiving throughout the day. But the
responsibility of managing her finances, health care -- both mental and
physical -- and long-term living situation falls to one person: her daughter --
and my mother -- Eleanor.
It's almost a full-time job. Making sure my grandmother is happy and not
feeling lonely means daily visits. Her never-ending stream of medical issues
means weekly -- if not...