What do you do when your elderly parent is no longer a safe driver?
How to get an elderly person to stop driving is a top concern among caregivers. If you’ve discovered that your parent or someone close to you is no longer a safe driver, talking to them about giving up the car keys is one of the most difficult conversations to have. But it is one that’s extremely important.
Over the past year, several people I know have been diagnosed with serious illnesses. They’ve undergone equally serious treatments including surgery, chemotherapy and radiation. For them and for their loved ones, it was a time for “all hands on deck.”
However, I believe that a number of hands were missing.
I did my first “research” paper in 2nd grade. I chose Harriet Tubman. When I learned what one woman could accomplish against unbelievable odds, I was hooked. I devoured stories of female trailblazers, marvelling at Marie Curie, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, and Dr Elizabeth Blackwell. Rosa Parks, Amelia Earhart, and Malala Yousafzai have inspired me. Being a trailblazer is hard work.
I signed up for my caregiving journey quickly. My strong, healthy, WWII-hero Dad had to be taken off an airplane in a wheelchair. He had gotten so sick during the flight the attendants were concerned for his well-being.
A short-term stay in an assisted living home can feel like a relaxing vacation for an aging loved one. With housekeeping, meal preparation, and entertainment all taken care of, your loved one can focus on things they enjoy. Things like making new friends or participating in scheduled activities.
There are many reasons to consider an assisted living vacation for an older loved one. Here are the top five:
Are you worried about the safety of your elderly parents driving? It’s common for adult children to start worrying about an aging parent’s driving skills.
The search for the right senior living community can be daunting for families who are new to the process. There are a variety of options available in every size and location imaginable. It can therefore be difficult to know what traits to look for in a senior housing community.
It has been reported that each year in the United States, millions of people aged 65 and older fall. This results in hip fractures and other injuries. The consequences are sudden and serious.
In the United States, about 40 million people provide unpaid care to an ill or disabled adult according to AARP. Many of the readers of Sixty and Me are in this situation now or might be in the future. Usually, the patient and caregiver would prefer this care be given at home, if possible.
When I taught writing, I asked my students to describe their parents by using the five senses.