Keeping Seniors Safe on the Road

by | Dec 9, 2019

Driving Safety for Older Adults

December 2 to 6 is Older Driver Safety Awareness Week. Given 18% of all traffic fatalities are people who are 65 years of age or older, it is important to learn about senior safety on the road.

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Changes Influencing Seniors on the Road

Given how experienced most of them are as drivers, it can be hard for seniors to accept there are safety concerns about their driving. It’s important for them to know this isn’t because they are “bad drivers.”

Age-related changes that affect driving for seniors include:

  • Limited vision or hearing
  • Decreased reaction time, judgment, or attention due to health conditions
  • Medications that impair judgment and reaction times
  • Poor posture
  • Weakness when operating a steering wheel, brakes, etc. M
  • Memory loss that leads to getting lost or confused

Night-time driving exacerbates the effects of these changes on senior safety as well.

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Conversation Starters about Seniors’ Road Safety

Driving can be a sensitive topic for seniors. Use these questions to start conversations:

  • Have you noticed any scratches or dents on your car recently?
  • Have you experienced anything frightening on the road lately?
  • Do any of your medications affect how you feel when driving?
  • Are there any signs on your usual route that have been hard to spot?
  • What’s the best route to get between (two points senior should be familiar with)?
  • Would it be helpful to you if you didn’t have to drive all the time?

Does your loved one need extra support sometimes? Learn about Parkwood’s home care services.

Lorna MacMillan

Lorna MacMillan, President & Founder

Lorna MacMillan is the President and Founder of Parkwood Home Care. Lorna is a thought leader in the areas of Adult Ageing, Psychology and Adult Education . Through years of experience with seniors, individuals disabilities and a strong passion for helping others, Lorna was able to create Parkwood Home Care into the care service it is today.