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Senior Times - January 2017
Senior Times
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MAINTAIN INDEPENDENCE: CREATE A TRANSPORTATION PLAN
One of the things we look forward to in our early teens is that driving is just around the corner. We prepare for learning the rules of road, take a driv- er’s training course and finally taking the beloved test at the Secretary of State Office.
Traveling through the next phase of life involves the first car and ulti- mately gaining the independence that we have sought after... freedom to come and go as you please. As we enter the working world, having the ability to jump into a car without worry or concern about how you will get from point A to point B becomes something that we begin to take for granted. Until we get older that is.
With the greatness of aging comes wisdom, but also new challenges. The independence we once cherished is now beginning to feel a bit more
in jeopardy. If we are honest with ourselves, each of has questioned a seasoned driver at some point in time. We question whether it is safe for them to be driving. Can they safely respond in an emergency or see the hazards ahead? Many of you have probably begun to question whether you are creating a safety hazard for others on the road as well, but giv- ing up your independence is a scary thought to consider.
Consequently, as adults age, they tend to drive far less frequently than before, especially when the driving conditions become more challenging, such as snow, ice or rain, seeing after dark, on busy highways, trying to turn left and gauge distance appropriately, and more. Some aging adults choose to stop driving altogether and realisti- cally begin to rely on others more and more for transportation needs.
According to Eldercare Locator, studies show that transportation chal- lenges result in as many as 65 percent fewer trips to visit friends or family, or even attend church. Doctor visits tend to decrease as well by as much as 15 percent – not because they are healthier, but rather because there is discomfort with driving. Shopping suffers as well with nearly 60 percent fewer shopping trips. And while that might be considered an advantage if your loved one has been spending too much money on unnecessary items, it can be another challenge if it’s actu- ally the grocery store that is being skipped when they really need appro- priate nutrition. Fortunately, in our area, Meals on Wheels is available to assist seniors with nutritious meals.
Challenges accessing transporta- tion ranked as the #1 reason people contacted the Eldercare Locator in 2014.
Knowing that transportation chal- lenges could be in your future, a little pre-planning can help to create a
host of solutions long before they are actually needed. A little research on the options available in your area can help create a little peace of mind for both you and your loved ones.
Alternate options could be:
• Make arrangements with family
members.
• Check with friends, neighbors and
religious organizations.
• Organized volunteer transportation
is available in some communities. • Check out options through your
retirement community.
• Schedule transportation through
the Senior Millage programs.
• Discover options through the Area
Agency on Aging or Commission
on Aging.
• Some specific medical transporta-
tion services are available to and
from treatment.
• Additional options may be avail-
able for older adults and those with
disabilities.
• Private pay options such as an
independent service, cab, bus, or even trains when traveling longer distances.
• Use your creativity to develop a program of your own.
Services are also under develop- ment for an assistant to travel with you or your loved one if you are con- cerned about safety when traveling alone.
According to the National Family Caregiver Alliance and AARP Public Policy Institute 2015 Report on Caregiving in the US... 78 percent of family caregivers pro- vide transportation for loved ones, making it the most requested type of assistance by older adults.
There are options available to help strengthen your driving skills and awareness as well. Consider having your skills evaluated by an indepen- dent person, even if you believe you are still driving well. If recommend- ed, take a refresher driving course if needed.
• Get regular eye and hearing exams. Yes hearing. How many of you have turned down the radio to
read the street signs. A regular health check up is just as important to make sure there are no other underlying concerns that might impair your ability to drive safely.
• Consider adding strength training to your daily activities to make sure you can maintain the needed strength to drive your car safely.
• Check in periodically with family and friends to see if they have any concerns about your driving safety. They may notice changes that you have missed.
• Make sure that your car is in good working condition and has the right equipment such as snow tires in the winter months to make your car safer no matter who is driving the vehicle.
For more information about driv- ing safety visit:
• American Occupational Therapy Association Driver Rehabilitation Specialists www.aota.org/olderdriver
• AARP Driver Safety Course www.aarp.org/home-garden/trans- portation/driver_safety/
• CarFit Personal Vehicle Assessment www.car-fit.org
• AAA Roadwise Review: A Tool to Help Seniors Drive Safely Longer www.roadwiseonline.org/
Getting out and about is critical to successful aging. These resources are a great place to seek assistance if needed.
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