All of us remember the day we got our first driver’s license as it represented a sign of

independence – the ability to go wherever and whenever we wanted.  Throughout our

years, we learned to place a high value on the freedom driving afforded us.  While it is

important to maintain our sense of independence, it is also important to be aware of

when it is time to make adjustments to our driving routine.  To ensure your safety on

the road as a driver, it is imperative to be aware of the different senses you use while

driving your car.  Along with your loved ones and personal care physician, talk about

and test your vision, hearing, agility, coordination, and confidence.


If the decision is made that it is time to transition to life without a car, friends and family

members will offer realistic suggestions on how you will continue with the same quality

of life you are accustomed to.  This includes maintaining a schedule for visits with

friends and family, shopping, appointments, attending church functions, and participation

in joyful activities.


To keep this new lifestyle change positive, there are several options and resources to

assist you with your transportation needs.  Both the Area Agency on Aging and the

Eldercare Organization offer services that provide local transportation for your

convenience.  The referenced websites will place you in contact with your area agencies.

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