Stopping a strong-minded elder can be tricky when the elder refuses to listen to family, can’t or won’t accept the concept of being too impaired to drive and is stubborn about the issue. If your loved one is in this situation, enlist the help of the doctor when you can, or law enforcement when possible. You could be saving your loved one’s life or that of others.
Some life transitions are easier to accept, and some are momentous. Remember the freedom you felt as a teenager when you learned to drive? If yes, then you can appreciate how difficult it is for elderly loved ones to relinquish that sense of freedom.
For so many who have stepped in to oversee or care for an elderly loved one, the most dreaded transition that is so often fought is from driver to passenger: how do you make mom or dad give up the car?
For some guidance on handling this common, but difficult life transition, read a recent Forbes article titled “True Story: The Prominent Dad With Dementia Who Refused to Stop Driving.”
Reference: Forbes (January 7, 2013) “True Story: The Prominent Dad With Dementia Who Refused to Stop Driving”