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When to be concerned
There are certain signs that alert us about the fact that something might not be ok in the way our older family members drive. We must be alert and face the situation in a constructive way.

The increased life expectancy has led to many more elderly people enjoying good health and, as a consequence, wanting and being able to be active until advanced age. Elderly people, especially from 75 years onwards, are more fragile, can have certain cognitive and physical age-related impairments and are therefore in higher risk of having injuries in case of an accident than the average population.

 The possibility of limiting their driving or even to quit driving is experienced by many people as a loss of their autonomy, their activity and their freedom of movement. Therefore it is important that the family and the closest surrounding are able to get involved and accompany the elderly person during the self-assessment process and when it is time to take decisions about driving and the possible alternatives.

There are two first alarm signals that have to be taken into account:

 

ADVICE

Share the self-assessment tools and the specific exercises you will find in this website with the elderly. Depending on the results, it could be advisable to visit a neurologist in order to establish certain driving restrictions or limitations.



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