Elderly drivers: When should they give up keys?


For most of us, driving represents freedom, control, and competence. Driving lets us go to the places we want or need to go. Our ability to drive safely is affected by changes in our physical and mental conditions. Many of these changes take place as we get older, though in different ways and at different times.

Every day in the U.S., more than 500 drivers over the age of 65 are injured in accidents and about 15 of them are killed.

As the elderly population grows - so does the conversation on what to do when adult children have to question their parents' driving. It's a complex issue with emotional responses that most can relate to. How do you know when it is time to have a talk with your parents about hanging up their keys?

Amy Goyer, a family issues expert with the senior organization AARP, and contributor Lee Woodruff, whose 78-year-old father has dementia and had to give up his keys, discussed some of the challenges families face.

Watch the video in the player above for suggestions from Goyer and Woodruff on helping children and parents cope with making the decision together.

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