Safe Driving Tips for Senior People and Anthem Senior Living in Phoenix

28 Nov 2018

Having a driver’s license plays a huge role in maintaining independence for people. But driving becomes difficult as we age as our bodies tend to change as well. But one can easily continue to maintain one’s freedom while staying safe on the road. Before discussing about the safe driving tips for senior people, read to know more about an assisted facility.

If you have senior family members suffering from mobility or memory issues, they would require constant care and support which can only be possible in an assisted facility like Anthem Senior Living in Phoenix, AZ. Caregivers provide round the clock support to the senior people. The senior health challenges that we work with are dementia, Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, Lewy Bodies Dementia, high blood pressure, companionship care, wound care, bed bound patients, Feeding Tubes/Picc Lines, heart disease, cancer, Arthritis, respiratory diseases, diabetes, falls, depression, etc.

Ways to stay sharp on the streets include

Comfortable Cars– As per researchers, there are 25 best cars for older drivers with some of the most important features of a suitable vehicle being one that is easy to get in and out of, has controls that are easy to reach and use, and offers good visibility as well as powerful headlights. Having a suitable vehicle can go a long way in traveling safely on the part of senior drivers.

Ears and Eyes- The eyesight and hearing get the most affected with age. Most often seniors have reduced vision issues when driving, particularly in the dark. A senior person should get their eyes and ears checked on a regular basis. It is important and is advisable for older adults to wear prescription glasses and hearing aids when one is driving.

Medications- Behaviors and capacity gets affected by medications where some can slow down the cognitive ability to respond and interact safely to unexpected situations. It is important to be aware of the side effects of prescription drugs, as well as any dangerous drug interactions. One should strictly follow the instructions on the prescriptions and also follow the doctors’ instructions in taking medications.

Other Safety Skills– It is advisable for an individual to update their driving skills which will help in staying sharp on the road. Join a program where instructors help prepare to drive safely.

Traveling Tips:

  1. Plan your trip beforehand, know how to get to where you want to go and review your route.
  2. Keep distractions at bay and just focus on driving.
  3. Scan the traffic around you, including parked vehicles.
  4. Stay alert for pedestrians.
  5. Adjust driving speed during rainfall or snowfall.
  6. Keep windows clean inside and outside.
  7. Avoid early morning or late-night driving when it is dark and is not as easy to see.

It is important for everyone that those behind the wheel are able to travel safely especially individuals over 65 years of age. Ensure your safety on the streets by following the rules of the road, taking your medications correctly and having your eyes and ears checked.

Book a suite at Anthem Senior Living and give the best experience to your loved ones. We have a beautiful suite available that is fully furnished, jack-n-jill bathroom adjacent. Can accommodate a Temperpedic adjustable bed, wall mounted TV, Lift Recliner etc. You’re more than welcome to use our furnishings or bring your own!


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