Big Safety Gains for Older Drivers

Posted on 02/20/2014 by |General News | Comments

Bulletin TodayBy Joan Lowy, Associated Press Safety researchers expressed concern a decade ago that traffic accidents would increase as the nation’s aging population swelled the number of older drivers on the road. Now, they say they’ve been proved wrong. Today’s drivers age 70 and older are less likely to be involved in crashes than previous generations, and less likely to be killed or seriously injured if they do crash, according to a study released Feb. 20 by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. That’s because vehicles are getting …

Buying a Car With Alzheimer’s. Seriously?

Posted on 09/4/2013 by |Caregiving | Comments

CaregivingI’ve seen the occasional sensational story about a car dealer selling someone who is cognitively impaired — think Alzheimer’s — a car, only to have family members march in and demand they take it back. But I thought it was rare. My AARP editor, though, knows six staffers who know someone with cognitive impairment who has managed to walk off with keys to a shiny new car. How could this happen? Were the dealers licking their chops when they saw …

GPS Systems Track Loved Ones on Road Trips

Posted on 06/24/2013 by |Aging, Home & Family Expert | Comments

Home & FamilyRecently, 81-year-old Goldie Hunt and her husband, Vernon Hunt, 91, were reported missing after they set out on a 500-mile car trip from Garnet, Kansas to visit Goldie’s twin sister in Dwight, Ill. The alarming story thankfully came to a happy ending several days later when they were spotted by a law enforcement officer as they asked for directions in Michigan. The Hunts’ experience reminds me of a heartbreaking story several years ago 0f a Pennsylvania couple, William Fresch, 85, and his …

4 Things I Learned From My Teen’s Driver Safety Program

Posted on 02/21/2013 by |Home & Family blogger | Comments

Your LifeMy second child is learning to drive. In our state one of the requirements for driver education is for the student and a parent to attend a 90-minute seminar on safe driving. I’ll admit that I was not looking forward to attending this session, but left having learned far more than I imagined possible. For example, it turns out they no longer teach the same steering wheel or mirror positions from my high school days. Technology and distracted driving is an …

Tips for Difficult Family Conversations

Posted on 12/12/2012 by |Aging, Home & Family Expert | Comments

CaregivingIn the course of caring for our aging loved ones many family members must have difficult conversations around decisions and changes — whether they be about driving, living situations, health care, financial or care and support issues. Here are some of my tips for approaching these conversations, as well as my Taking Care with Amy Goyer video (above) on the topic. Talk early and often. The more you’ve discussed and planned for the future, the easier it will be when it is time to …

Too Old to Drive? Depends on Which State You Live In

Posted on 09/17/2012 by |Brooklyn, NY | Comments

Bulletin TodayA recent string of high-profile accidents involving older drivers has stirred up the decades-old debate: How old is too old to drive? Of course there’s no definitive answer — it depends on how physically and cognitively healthy someone remains. But it also depends on where you live: An Associated Press review found a “hodgepodge” of state rules governing older drivers.