FROM THE EDITOR'S PEN
/ Driving Wisdom /
Well, I asked for it. And am darn glad I did.
Last week. I asked for some of your suggestions
regarding “taking away the keys” when our loved ones
should no longer be on the road. If the reaction was
to be like any time the driving issue comes up at a
Fearless Caregiver Conference, I knew we would be
getting lots of emails in response to my request. We
did. And they are all chockful of some really great
information. You can never go wrong asking a
fellow caregiver for advice:
In my case we had to buy a new car and strange as it
seems they only had one key…continued
This may or may not apply…continued
My husband had three cars (I had one) and it was
time for him to stop driving…continued
To add to the news coming from a professional –
remember you need to continue your relationship…continued
Here are a few additional tips related to driving
and driving cessation…continued
I just had to comment on your article on the
And to add to the responses, I am reminded of an
event that was held in Waterloo, Iowa, where I asked
this question of the audience and an expert panel.
As the panel and the caregivers were answering the
question, a slight elderly lady raised her hand.
She told us, in a surprisingly booming voice, that
if you took the car key to the dealer, they can make
a duplicate key which will turn when placed in the
ignition, but will not engage the motor. Her
husband would go out to the garage for an extended
period of time trying to get the car started with
this dummy key and finally come inside asking her to
drive him. He was too embarrassed to tell her that
he could not start the car.
Words of wisdom indeed.
We also just posted a driving support segment on our
YouTube section which occurred at a recent
Fearless Caregiver Conference.