While most doctors agree that people with moderate to severe dementia should not take the wheel, in the early stages, the medical consensus is that driving performance should be the determining factor of when to stop driving, not the disease itself.
The holiday season is upon us, and so is an influx of drivers on America's roads. And while the headaches of holiday traffic are well-documented in popular culture the dangers of holiday driving are no laughing matter.
We all age at different rates and with different needs. This is important to keep in mind because periodically we must check for symptoms and outside causes that may impact our loved one's ability to drive safely.
We rarely think of older adults as being lifestyle leaders. However, the needs of an aging society combined with the availability of technology, related services and the big data they generate requires a cross-generational discussion of privacy.
My husband turns 78 this month, and the state of California says he must be retested if he wants to keep driving a car. I don't actually have a problem with the state wanting to be sure he is an able driver. I just want them to test all the other carpool moms too.
Do you have a parent who is getting older? Here are some ways you can assess your parents to decide if you should have the "car key talk" with them, along with some things that can help them be as safe as possible.