Senior Mobility Issues? Help is at Hand

By
Home Stager with Transition Stage LLC

Senior Mobility Issues? Help is at Hand

Do you worry about an elderly relative or friend who is still driving? According to AAA:

"Since 1991, although overall fatality rates have remained stable, senior crash rates have increased. Research indicates seniors are involved in different types of crashes than the rest of the population.  Specifically, seniors are over–represented in intersection crashes and may have difficulty making left turns. Other situations that may be particularly frustrating for senior drivers are driving during heavy traffic and at night."

 

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Seniors fear the loss of their mobility, which is quite understandable. Being unable to drive can lead to isolation and depression. AAA has great resources to help assess whether the seniors in your life still have the ability to drive - and to sharpen those driving skills.

One is the AAA Roadside Review, a program available on CD-ROM so seniors can take the assessment in the privacy of their own homes. They also offer a program called DriveSharp, which AAA states, "is clinically proven to help drivers see more, react faster, and cut crash risk by up to 50%."

The AAA Driver Improvement Program gives long-time drivers a refresher course. AAA states that, "It reviews safe driving skills, and teaches students how to make changes in the way they drive in order to be safer drivers."  

Connecticut classes are offered at Connecticut Motor Club's North Haven Service Center, 27–45 Dodge Avenue. For class dates and more information, contact Terryu Marchitto at 203–765–4222, ext. 5141. The cost is $20 for AAA members; and $30 for non–members.

For more information, go to the AAA website.

Keep your loved ones safe! Both the seniors in your life as well as others on the road with them.

 

Senior Mobility Issues? Help is at Hand

Comments (14)

Christine Smith
Buyers Brokers Only LLC - www.BuyersBrokersOnly.com - Canton, MA
Exclusive Buyer Agent & Attorney, Canton, MA

Judy....that sounds like a great program for some seniors.  It might be difficult to convince some that it is necessary but probably well worth the effort.

May 10, 2011 02:07 AM
Judy Klem
Transition Stage LLC - Shelton, CT
Home Staging, Senior Move Management, Fairfield/New Haven counties

Hi Christine - I think it really is a good program. And, it is probably true that it would be hard to convince some seniors that they need it, but it's a lot easier than convincing them they need to give up driving!

May 10, 2011 04:39 AM
Karen Baker
Sunset Beach and Beyond Realty - Sunset Beach, NC
Professional Help with Rapid Responses...

Hi Judi ~ Nice program for the Seniors in your area ~ Drivesharp sounds the most beneficial ~

May 10, 2011 10:26 AM
Judi Boad
ACCURATE REALTY GROUP - Seattle, WA

Hi Judy~

Senior family members not capable of driving and still wanting to, is a challenge we have faced several times already.

In my opinion: The best point of all is Keep your loved ones safe! Both the seniors in your life as well as others on the road with them.  

There comes a time when you have to remind elders that it isn't just about them!

Thank you for the great information.

May 10, 2011 12:06 PM
Ed Silva
Mapleridge Realty, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

Judy, seniors do have special driving challenges, and the isolation fear is very common. I personal wouldn't mind a special chauffeur, especially if she was cute too!

May 10, 2011 02:24 PM
Judy Klem
Transition Stage LLC - Shelton, CT
Home Staging, Senior Move Management, Fairfield/New Haven counties

Hi Karen - I agree; DriveSharp seems to be a really good program.

May 10, 2011 03:27 PM
Judy Klem
Transition Stage LLC - Shelton, CT
Home Staging, Senior Move Management, Fairfield/New Haven counties

Hi Judi - It really is a tough one - that loss of independence is very hard, especially if a car is needed to get everywhere. But there does come a time when safety all around is the major issue.

May 10, 2011 03:29 PM
Joni Bailey
101 Main St. Realty - Huntsville, TX
Your Huntsville / Lake Livingston Area REALTORĀ®

A perfect Tuesday's Treasure post. We should all treasure our elderly. Thanks for caring!

May 10, 2011 06:14 PM
Judy Klem
Transition Stage LLC - Shelton, CT
Home Staging, Senior Move Management, Fairfield/New Haven counties

Hi Joni - Thank you! Yes, we should treaure our elderly - they have so much to share!

May 11, 2011 01:02 AM
Judy Klem
Transition Stage LLC - Shelton, CT
Home Staging, Senior Move Management, Fairfield/New Haven counties

Hi Ed - I agree - it would be awesome to have a chauffeur!

May 11, 2011 03:12 AM
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Very good post. All of us need to be aware of these issues. Many seniors are uncomfortable with night driving.

When considering a retirement home, seniors should consider all of their driving requirements. It may be best to avoid locations that require driving on narrow country roads or in heavy city traffic.

 Blooming for you!

May 11, 2011 03:40 AM
Judy Klem
Transition Stage LLC - Shelton, CT
Home Staging, Senior Move Management, Fairfield/New Haven counties

Hi Roy - Very good points! Thanks for sharing these. And thanks for that lovely flower!

May 11, 2011 03:54 AM
Peter Schattenfield
Turning Point Estate Services LLC - Wilton, CT
Estate Dissolution and Preparation (203)388-8092 CT.

Judy, here in Wilton and also many surrounding communities here in Lower fairfield county, we have stay in your home programs. For an annual fee volunteers, (like me) will drive seniors to wherever they need to go. We also do handy-man projects around their home. I realize it is not as good as safe driving mobile seniors, but the time will come when needed.

May 12, 2011 01:25 AM
Judy Klem
Transition Stage LLC - Shelton, CT
Home Staging, Senior Move Management, Fairfield/New Haven counties

Hi Peter - That is a wonderful volunteer program! How great that you participate in it.

May 14, 2011 03:50 AM

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