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Date:4/27/2012

that you won't make a decision based on one particular event," Young said. "Having this agreement will take the pressure off the senior. Sometimes family members or caregivers get upset and decide to stop all driving privileges, which can be traumatic for the senior."

In cases where an elderly person's driving abilities are a concern, you can suggest that they limit drives to short distances; drive only to familiar places; avoid driving at night; avoid driving during bad weather; and make use of a chauffeur list that includes family and friends.

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The U.S. National Institute on Aging has more about older drivers.

-- Robert Preidt

SOURCE: Harris County Hospital District, news release, April 24, 2012


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