AGING IN PLACE: Giving Up The Car

Andres Abraham

Date(s) - 01/19/2023
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Eileen Doherty, MS
Executive Director
Colorado Gerontological Society

I have been driving for over 50 years. Why can’t I continue is the often heard complaint by older adults whose family want them to hand over the keys.

As a teen-ager, we longingly beg our parents to drive – legally or illegally. Many Baby Boomers grew up learning to drive on farms, in small towns, and on church parking lots, long before they had a valid driver’s license.

Today these same Baby Boomers are often confronted with having to make the difficult decision to give up their driver’s license. Often safety becomes the most important consideration when deciding to give up driving . . . but there are many other issues such as “taking charge of the decision yourself as an older adult”.

In this session, we will discuss signs of problems often noticed by family and friends. We will also look at ways to gently encourage giving up the independence that driving provides, alternatives to driving yourself, and at the same time negotiating a support system and finding ways to continue to be involved in community and with loved ones.