As care providers, aging care partners driving safely in a car is a topic that produces many emotions. It is about independence, safe mobility and the social-to-isolation issues that greatly affect family cohesiveness and the care partner's quality-of-life. Offering compassionate understanding seems to help greatly but giving practical applications to help all care partners find dignity in managing the decision about whether it is time to give up the keys or not is important. Thank you to sharing LinkedIn professionals who suggested the following sites as possible resources for families and friends:
"Beyond Driving With Dignity" at http://www.keepingussafe.org/ is a program examining "driving fitness" and how to keep care partners safely on the road. Purchase of a workbook, hiring of a certified driving professional, and provider training are discussed on the website.
"Drivers Yoga" at http://driversyoga.com/ is a program promoting alert awareness by "applying the progressions of recognition taught in Drivers Yoga, [and where you] can help return a driver's diverted attention back to the present moment." Drivers Yoga seems to have available classes in a regional area they serve as well as learning materials available, both via the website.
Put on the sneakers and Go!
Go4Life is a positive wellness site with many resources from the National Institute on Aging focusing on helping older adults enjoy getting their exercise in a safe, motivational and beneficial way.
Go4Life website has tip sheets, materials to share and other helpful information for professionals interested in encouraging their care partners to put-in-place or maintain healthy choices like exercise and overall positive well-being in their daily living.Enjoy adding a few tips in your own wellness plan!