All of us remember the day we got our first driver’s license as it represented a sign of independence – the ability to go wherever and whenever we wanted. Throughout our years, we learned to place a high value on the freedom driving afforded us. While it is important to maintain our sense of independence, it is also important to be aware of when it is time to make adjustments to our driving routine. To ensure your safety on the road as a driver, it is imperative to be aware of the different senses you use while driving your car. Along with your loved ones and personal care physician, talk about and test your vision, hearing, agility, coordination, and confidence.
If the decision is made that it is time to transition to life without a car, friends and family members will offer realistic suggestions on how you will continue with the same quality of life you are accustomed to. This includes maintaining a schedule for visits with friends and family, shopping, appointments, attending church functions, and participation in joyful activities.
To keep this new lifestyle change positive, there are several options and resources to assist you with your transportation needs. Both the Area Agency on Aging and the Eldercare Organization offer services that provide local transportation for your convenience. The referenced websites will place you in contact with your area agencies.