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Tips: How to know if mom, dad can still drive

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If you’re concerned about an elderly loved one after hearing of another crash involving a senior who hit the gas instead of the brake, you should make it your business to assess his or her ability to handle any number of surprises behind the wheel.



NEWSBREAK : The driver involved in a crash at the Whole Foods in Ridgewood this morning was 79. CLICK HERE

Here are some tips:

1. Go on little trips. Pay close attention for signs of lethargy or tiredness. Be entirely honest with yourself first and then — gently and supportively — with the one you love.

2. Keep in mind that the day is going to come when you’ll want someone to treat you with dignity and respect. So show as much as you can — and then some.

3. Be sure that you DON’T have that talk until you’re ready to meet their traveling needs, from errands to appointments (Don’t forget social calls). You also have to meet their in-home needs, because they’ll be spending more time there.

4. Find others to pitch in on errands and visits, as well as quick check-ins.

AAA has a quiz for drivers over 55. Go to aaafoundation.org/quizzes , or call 407.444.7913. Also check out: seniordrivers.org .

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