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
Americans are living longer than ever before. And healthy seniors can look forward to many years of active life, thanks to the ability to repair or replace damaged joints, remove cataracts, treat heart problems, and other advances.
But there’s a downside. Because we are living longer, we’re more likely to suffer from age-related memory loss and dementia such as Alzheimer’s disease. For many seniors, dementia is the worst fear of old age.
Research shows that the risk of some cognitive problems is...