When Should Elders Stop Driving?

For many elders and their loved ones, determining when they are no longer safe on the road can be a difficult and heart wrenching decision, but ignoring the issue can become dangerous.

Age related changes such in visual acuity, physical fitness and reflexes can hinder someone’s ability to continue to drive safely. Keeping tabs on the following things will help you know when it’s time for your loved one to turn in the keys.

Changes in vision and hearing- Loss in vision can make it harder for drivers to see essential traffic signs, lane lines on the road, as well as other drivers and pedestrians. Sensitivity to light at night can also make oncoming headlights dangerous. Loss of hearing can mean that typical signals used to alert drivers such as horns and sirens may go unnoticed. Continue Reading When Should Elders Stop Driving?

How to Help When Your Parents Lose a Life Partner

 

Lonely old man staring out of a windowIf your parent loses a mate, spouse or life partner, he or she may need a good deal of emotional and practical support. If you are close to your parent’s mate you may need support too. Family members, friends, neighbors and even grief groups are all good places to turn to for comfort during this time. Here are some tasks and decisions you may need to help your parent face.

Dealing with Property
In some circumstances, your parent will have to act as executor in dealing with their mate’s estate and there may be a lot to do. You may need to help with such things as sorting through their records for a will or collecting insurance and other benefits. Take it one step at time and know that there are always resources to help you and your parent out. Continue Reading How to Help When Your Parents Lose a Life Partner