When it’s time for seniors to hand over the keys
June 1, 2011
It was around Bob Forrest's 99th birthday when he decided that it was time for him to stop driving, according to ABC news affiliate News 9. It wasn't that he thought his skills behind the wheel were deteriorating – it was because he was unable to perform some of the crucial functions of a driver.
"I think I was a good driver, but I was out one time, had a flat tire, I didn't have the strength to take the spare tire out of the trunk," he told the news source. "I said well, 'You know, I'm getting too old for that.'" Forrest explained that his sudden lack of independence bothers him, because he suddenly has to ask loved ones for a ride.
While families are thinking about whether a senior should stay behind the wheel, it may also be time to think about home safety. Installing an elderly alert system inside a household can grant users a way to immediately send a medical alert if they require assistance.
A study from the University of Colorado School of Medicine that surveyed older adults found that 71 percent supported another driver's test for those who wanted to continue driving during their golden years, News 9 reports.