Talking to Grandma About Driving
Driving? When do you talk to experienced drivers about alternative transportation? The folks at Home Instead Senior Care suggest the “40-70 Rule.” This means if you are 40, or your parents are 70 it is time to talk. The rule makes sense and so does doing research before talking.
Create a Transportation Plan
Similar to other parts of your life, driving and the topic of transportation are complex. Consider transportation similar to your favorite social media platform. Whether your favorite is Instagram, Pinterest, or Snapchat the experience is better when you connect. So is developing a transportation plan. Identify different resources to connect with. Driver improvement courses, family, friends, community organizations, ridesharing, and public transportation are the connections to make.
Focus on Interdependence
For those living through the fifties and sixties, freedom may have a special significance. Freedom meant choice and the opportunity to forge a different path than their parents. However, when it comes to driving, the fear of losing independence and freedom can be worrisome for both older drivers. The key is to focus on interdependence. The concept focuses on our commitment to one another to live and age well. Before you have the conversation reflect on your connections and then talk.
About Judi Bonilla
Judi Bonilla is a gerontologist, social entrepreneur, Director of Program Innovation at Advocates For Aging, and a personal home advisor with Keepsake Companions. Her latest book Freewheeling after Sixty is planned for a summer 2016 release. Previously she was a fellow for Hispanic In Philanthropy and Senior Service America, Inc. Bonilla has spoken at SXSW, the American Society on Aging, and Certified Senior Advisors conferences. She has received a Special Commendation from the City of San Diego for the inaugural Older Driver Awareness Week in San Diego. In addition she won the Jack Gorelick Achievement Award and the Innovative Transportation Solutions Award.