As I mentioned in a recent blog post, The Hartford Center for Mature Market Excellence just conducted a new survey exploring family conversations about driving safety. As a group, older drivers are relatively safe. Experts attribute this to self-imposed limitations, such as driving fewer miles and avoiding night driving, rush-hour traffic and other difficult conditions. However, for some drivers, certain health conditions may impair their driving.
Families can play a very important role in supporting an older relative to drive safely for a lifetime, since they are more familiar with each other's health, driving habits and skills. As a group, older drivers are relatively safe; however, for some drivers, certain health conditions may impair their driving. Family members may notice changes in driving behavior long before a stranger or even a helpful professional would be able to do so. For family members to be supportive when it comes to driving safety, they need to be knowledgeable and sensitive to engage in a successful conversation. The Hartford Center for Mature Market Excellence just conducted a new survey exploring family conversations about driving safety.
Many families gather together this season for holiday festivities. Sometimes important topics are raised because of being together and sometimes such conversations are avoided due to emotions and relationships. One emotional topic some families may be facing is concern about an older relative’s driving. Just because your loved one is older, it doesn’t automatically mean you should be concerned about their ability to drive. Plenty of people at older ages get around just as safely as their younger counterparts. The Hartford Center for Mature Market Excellence just conducted a new survey exploring family conversations about driving safety.
With Thanksgiving just days away, and all of the December holidays approaching, families need to consider their loved ones that have Alzheimer's disease and the impact of the holiday events. Changes to daily routines, such as those for holidays and special events may cause some challenges for caregivers and people with Alzheimer’s. There are, however, ways to reduce the impact of these changes and enhance the enjoyable experience for all.
Halloween is next week. Are you a parent or a grandparent of one of the 41.2 million children ages 5-14 who will go trick-or-treating? Or are wearing a costume or attending a party? If so, check out these tips to keep yourself, your family, friends and guests safe.
Everyone should have a good idea about what they would do if faced with a disaster. So what’s different about disaster planning if you are providing care for someone with dementia?
Natural disasters don’t happen every day but, when they hit, the repercussions can be severe. Planning ahead, when possible, can make a difference, and the planning process doesn’t have to be difficult. It does take time – which most of us would prefer to spend on more pleasant activities. But the payoff in terms of life safety, reduced stress and a smoother recovery is well worth sacrificing a little free time.
Around the country, students of all ages have started a new school year. Maybe your child started school for the first time, or you’ve started a carpool with friends, or you’re driving your grandchild to and from school. For all of these reasons and more it’s good time to make sure you know the latest child safety seat recommendations and ensure that your child or grandchild is as safe as possible in your car.
Sunday, September 7 is Grandparents Day! Since it was first signed as a presidential proclamation in 1978 Grandparents Day is a great day for grandparents and grandchildren to celebrate their relationships. Spending time together, no matter what you do, is very special.
Getting a driver’s license is an exciting time for a teenager …and a major transition for you. Even if this isn’t the first of your children to start driving, you’re sure to have mixed emotions about their newfound independence. Of course, when it comes to your child driving, safety is your primary concern. While you can’t always be in the car to help them, you can make sure you provide the insight and education they need to develop the safest possible driving habits.
It’s almost the end of August and many of us are fitting in one more summer vacation before the fall. If you’re like me and traveling by car, you’ll want to make sure your car is as ready as you are for the trip. Here are a few things you should do to make sure your car is in tip-top shape for your trip.
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For A Lifetime is a blog from The Hartford Center for Mature Market Excellence. Staffed by gerontologists, our center has conducted extensive research on driving, housing, and aging. We look forward to sharing our expertise with you and hearing your feedback.
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