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Getting Older and Unable to Drive — Now What?

They say with age comes wisdom, but getting older also comes the inability to do the things we used to do. Unfortunately, if we’re lucky enough to make it to an advanced age, this is bound to happen to all of us, so we all need to consider what we want done when it happens.

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Before you hang up your car keys for good, be sure that you spell out exactly what you want so that your loved ones know your wishes. For example:

  • Be sure they know that you want them to explore all available options before taking your keys.
  • Make it clear you want to maintain your mobility, perhaps through the use of public transportation, once you can no longer drive.
  • Ask family for help to find a qualified therapist to help you deal with your loss of mobility and your inability to care for yourself the same way you used to, should you have trouble coping.
  • Perhaps most importantly, be sure they know who you want to address these issues with you, when and if the time comes. These details can be included in an Advanced Driving Directive signed by you and your loved ones. While this document has no legal significance and is probably not enforceable in any court of law, it is extremely useful to you and your family during the difficult times, the times when you cannot speak for yourself.

Whether it is through a Will, Power of Attorney, or Advanced Driving Directive, take the time to give yourself the small gift of advanced preparation. Your future self and your loved ones will thank you.

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