Aug 9, 2018 by Katie Fielmann
There are many reasons seniors may have a difficult time driving. One of the most common is diminished eyesight. Compromised vision makes it difficult to read road signs, identify hazards, and safely navigate roadways. While not all eye problems lead to issues that compromise safety, issues like glaucoma and macular degeneration may. Other things like cataract surgery can make it difficult to drive at night. Regular eye exams can help prevent far-reaching vision loss and improve a senior's chance of maintaining their driving prowess.
In addition to regular eye exams to maintain vision health, there are other ways seniors can improve their chances of remaining safe behind the wheel.
Remaining active. Physical activity including strength training and flexibility exercises can help make it easier to get in and out of the vehicle, turn to check traffic, and maintain proper driving posture.
Hearing is almost as important as seeing when it comes to safe driving. Regular hearing assessments can determine if there is hearing loss. If there is, a hearing aid can often make a huge difference.
Making changes to a vehicle can also improve driving safety. Seniors may want to consider an automatic versus manual transmission and a vehicle that is easy to get in and out of. Newer vehicles also have many safety features like backup cameras, blind spot sensors, and even automatic breaking.
Planning trips based on challenges is also wise. If a senior has a hard time driving in the dark, plan to spend time on the road during daylight hours. Seniors with incontinence issues or problems sitting for long periods will want to avoid rush hour traffic. Longer trips can also be broken down into shorter segments.
Should a senior need transportation assistance, a Comfort Keepers senior caregiver can help them maintain their freedom and independence. Comfort Keepers senior caregiver provide in-home homemaking and personal care assistance as well as local transportation support.
For more information about the many ways a Comfort Keepers senior caregiver can help your senior loved one remain independent and free while safely residing in the comfort and convenience of their own home, contact a senior care coordinator today.
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