Linda Cale’s latest senior care program is a self-assessment tool to help a senior driver appraise their driving ability to determine whether their skills have diminished to the point that they need to stop driving. If the assessment shows that a senior is driving safely, the program can provide them with strategies to continue driving safely as they get older.
More information is available at https://www.seniorcareauthority.com/locations/carolinas
The launch of this new program is especially important to people in the Greenville, SC, area whose parents may have impaired driving skills because of age. Families face the difficult task of deciding when to take the car keys away from their parents.
According to CDC statistics, over 45 million licensed drivers aged 65 or older were on the road in 2018, an increase of 60% from 2000. That number is expected to increase to over 98 million by 2060.
In addition, information from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety shows that drivers aged 70 or older are driving more. Their yearly mileage increased by 42% from 1996 to 2008 because almost 80% live in suburban and rural areas where they are dependent on cars for transportation.
Senior adults understandably want to continue driving so they can maintain their independence. They often find it difficult to recognize that their driving skill has diminished. They need help to face it, but the family might be overwhelmed in addressing the issue on their own.
The Beyond Driving with Dignity program, which was originally set up by a former state police officer who had seen too many accidents resulting from senior driver mistakes, can help a senior driver make a smooth transition from being a driver to being a passenger.
This innovative program gives families a method to evaluate an older driver’s skill and to include them in deciding whether it is time for them to stop driving. The self-assessment session is conducted in the older driver’s home with other family members present, and without electronics that older individuals might not be familiar with.
In this program, great care is taken to maintain the older person’s dignity. The goal is for the senior drivers themselves to understand if they pose an increased risk of a traffic accident and to decide on their own to stop driving.
Interested parties can find details at https://www.seniorcareauthority.com
Senior Care Authority
Senior Care Authority
2131 Woodruff Rd, – Greenville, SC 29607
Suite 2100 #361
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