Transportation safety: How seniors can maintain independence outside the home

(BPT) – It can be hard to admit your vision isn’t what it used to be, especially when it comes to driving. Maybe you’ve noticed some difficulties reading traffic signals, or you’ve found it challenging to drive at night.

If you’re a family member noticing these warning signs in a loved one, pointing out these challenges may seem like a daunting and delicate undertaking. But when it comes to being on the road, safety is one thing you can’t ignore.

Encouraging your loved one to prioritize safety can be hard, especially when it feels like their independence is at stake. That’s why it’s important to have an open and honest discussion to determine the best options for maintaining independence outside the home.

Step 1: Address driver safety

Vision is the most important sense for driving safety. Annual vision screening is important for everyone, but it is especially critical for older people, since the sensory data used for driving is predominantly visual.

For seniors still able to drive, a defensive driving class can be beneficial. These classes allow students to brush up on skills while gaining confidence and introduce them to alternative transportation options for the times and locations of their preference. What’s more, many insurance companies provide discounts to seniors who complete these courses.

Giving up driving doesn’t have to mean choosing between all or nothing. For example, start limiting driving to daylight only, non-rush-hour periods. Then look into supplementary transportation options that eliminate the need to drive while still allowing you to get where you need to go.

Step 2: Research transportation options

It’s important to educate yourself or your loved one about locally available transportation options for seniors. When you know there are reliable, cost-effective transportation options available, it can help maintain a high level of independence for a trip to the grocery store or a doctor’s appointment.

Rides in Sight is a nationwide, online database of senior transportation options built by ITNAmerica, a national nonprofit organization dedicated to providing sustainable transportation options for seniors. Visit and enter basic information like your state or zip code, and you can find the ride option that’s best for your situation. If you prefer to access information by phone, call 1-855-60-RIDES (1-855-607-4337).

Rides in Sight makes it easy to find customized transportation, no matter what a person’s needs. For example, you can find wheelchair accessible transportation options or door-to-door driver assistance if that’s what you need.

Step 3: Implement a trial period

Giving up the keys is easier if you do it over a period of time. Pick a date and schedule your first ride with a transportation service during a time you normally drive. Any change takes time to adapt to, so try it out for a while before reassessing and making any necessary adjustments. After this trial period, you should feel more comfortable with someone else driving you, and you get to be in control of your mobility.

For older Americans, it’s important to be able to maintain independence when they limit or stop driving. When they are encouraged to create their own driving transition plan, more emphasis can be placed on finding new passions and activities to engage with their communities. The result is a positive impact on people of all ages.

To have that impact, reliable, secure transportation is essential. Having the necessary conversations and researching appropriate transportation options helps keep everyone happy, healthy and safe.

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    • April 27, 2017

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    • April 27, 2017

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    • April 27, 2017

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    • April 27, 2017

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    • April 27, 2017

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    • April 27, 2017

    тренируюсь каждый день, и буду тренироваться.

    • WaNOs
    • April 27, 2017

    я бегаю каждый день по 1674744км

    • Денис Ротарь
    • April 27, 2017

    Уважаемые комментаторы,каждый день можно тренироваться и нужно. Юрий Билостоцький,что вы знаете о реальности??? Знаете,что в мире существуют 2 реальности? Одна сознательная,другая бессознательная. Уточню: 1 реальности-это реальность на планете земля. 2 реальность-это наш внутренний мир. Один философ сказал: Если ты можешь это вообразить,то сможешь и реализовать! Так что работайте над своим взглядом на мир. ВСЕ ВОЗМОЖНО! Мне врачи запретили заниматься спортом,даже был отстранен от армий. Но мне не помешало верить в то что я добьюсь хороших результатов в спорте. Думаю знаете про Арнольда Швартцзенегера. Так кто из вас знает что он поднимал в 16 лет в жиме лежа 100 кг? Я в 16 выжимал 95 кг,в 17 лет 100 кг. Думаю это хороший результат для моих тогда 68 кг. И это заметьте,без каких либо допингов и пищевых добавок. В 18 лет я уже поднимал в становой тяге 180 кг,с собственным весом в 68 кг. Бегал по 20-25 км в день. Организм не слабел,а усиливался! Так что верите в себя,и умоляю перестаньте верить в традиционную медицину! Человек сам способен излечить все болезни которые имеет. Как??? Именно медитацией. Желаю успешного и богатого будущего всем!

    • Иван Пятовский
    • April 27, 2017

    Причём ебашу как сука, пока не плзать не смогу

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    • April 27, 2017

    ДЕло говорит, ебашу каждый день уже 4й месяц, банки пиздец

    • P. Tar.
    • April 27, 2017

    20 км можно каждый день бегать? Вы в своем уме? Для среднестатистического спортивного человека это 2 часа бега. Насколько я знаю, даже профессиональные марафонцы делают тренировки такой продолжительности не чаще раза в неделю. Если это делать каждый день, организм не успеет восстановиться и к концу недели будет в чудовищном перетрене.

    Про 120 км я вообще молчу, в мире очень мало людей, способных преодолеть такую дистанцию, и делают они это после очень длинной подготовки, явно не раз в неделю.

    • Юра Білостоцький
    • April 27, 2017

    чувак ти понимаешичто такое 120км за день? ето нериально

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