Seniors Who've Stop Driving Are:
as Those Who Remain BehinD the Wheel
In Star Trek, no one had ever solved the Kobayashi Maru training simulation test. It involved choosing to endanger your ship and crew by attempting to rescue the Kobayashi Maru, a civilian vessel in distress, or abandon it, leaving it to certain destruction. Cadet James T. Kirk faced this situation in his Starfleet training and became the first ever to beat the no-win scenario.
Similarly, we might feel like we’re in a no-win scenario when deciding whether an aging loved one should continue driving. If they stop driving, they may be at a higher risk of isolation and depression. But if physical, cognitive, and visual declines are impairing their driving skills, continuing to drive could be dangerous to themselves and others. It’s a good idea to begin preparing for this decision early by considering various outcomes.
First, the Risk of Not Driving
For aging drivers, the thought of not driving may lead to a loss of independence. Not driving means depending on others, family members or friends, for rides to medical appointments, the grocery store, or just places to have fun. After many requests, they can start feeling like a nuisance as a result of asking others to shuttle them around.
There Are Other Ways to Get Around, But Change Can Be Difficult
Ride-sharing services like Uber or Lyft can be options to get from place to place. But these services aren’t available everywhere. And aging adults might also be wary of getting into a stranger’s car. Public transportation or taxis can be other options depending on location. But all these options cost money. Therefore, some might be tentative about using them to make trips, especially non-essential trips.