One of the hardest things for older adults to give up is driving. It can feel like giving up a huge part of your independence, so it can be hard to cope.
Here are a few signs to know when to give up driving:
- Getting confused and lost.
- Ignoring traffic signs
- Swerving or not staying in the lane
- Dents or scratches on the car
Make sure to receive health checkups from your doctors in order to maintain your health.
If you have cataracts, glaucoma, or other changes affecting your vision, make sure to have current check-ups with your optometrist. They will provide an opinion whether it is safe to drive.
Have your hearing checked by an audiologist annually to see if hearing aids are needed. If hearing aids are needed, make sure to wear them while driving.
If diagnosed with diabetes, have a conversation with the doctor on managing it and if it is safe to drive.