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Monday, January 18, 2016
Husband Going Blind But Refuses to Stop Driving
Jan. 18, 2016
is 75 years old and I am 65. He is going
blind due to his glaucoma and cataracts but refuses to stop driving. He has had a few near misses when it comes to
pedestrains so I am afraid he will end up hurt, killed or in prison. What can I do to convince him to stop driving? Concerned, Michigan Dear
Once he fails the eye test when he has his license renewed, they will no longer issue him a driver's license. One of the greatest joys in life is to be able
to do things like read a book or drive a car. Many seniors think they will be
able to both as they age but because of GMOs and other health issues today, which
causes blindness, this is sadly not the case.
We do have to pay attention to any warning
signs that age or sickness is interfering with our driving safety and make appropriate
As we age, it's normal for our driving
abilities to change. By reducing risk factors and incorporating safe driving
practices, many of us can continue driving safely long into our senior years.
However, because your husband has health issues, it's time for him to give up his keys. To tell a man that he cannot drive any longer is like
giving up being independent. For some
men, it’s almost like giving up his manhood.
But now is the time to convince him
that it is the right thing to do. Ask
him how would he feel if he ran over a family member, especially a grandchild.
You have to convince him that it is time for him to give up his keys.
Let him know that even if he finds that he needs to give up his keys, it doesn't mean the end of his independence.
Seeking alternative methods of transportation can offer health and social
benefits, as well as a welcome change of pace to life.
Just let him know that you and other family members will always be there to make sure he has everything he