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Monday, February 02, 2009

Family Conversations with Older Drivers

We need to talk ....

For older adults, limiting driving presents practical problems and can cause strong emotions, from sadness to anger. Family members themselves may feel angry, frustrated, or guilty about depriving their loved one of the freedom of driving. The Hartford Financial Services Group, Inc., and the MIT AgeLab developed information to help families initiate productive and caring conversations with older adults about driving safety. Read more


  1. I strongly recommend addressing the issue of night driving. I did that with my mom and it worked. It gave her the opportunity to cut back on her own, allowing her to retain some control.
    It might not work with everyone but it is certainly a good place to start.
    Alice T

  2. Is it advisable to get Dad's doctor involved? I am so concerned about him and worried that he will cause an accident and hurt other people.

  3. I tried to get my mother's doctor to suggest that she stop driving and his response was,"I don't want her to hate me." Good luck...

  4. This is one of the most volatile issues in dealing with an aging loved one. We don't want to deal with it and the loved one feels betrayed that we want to take their independence away.

  5. Our family doctor was more concerned about being sued by our family then doing the right thing and talking to my dad. Sad in NJ

  6. I just listened to your radio program on and your guest spoke about the Art of Asking Questions...I will need to read her book before I ask my mom if she is ready to stop driving!


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