We Need to Talk...

The Hartford Financial Services Group and the MIT AgeLab created a guide to help families worried about an aging parent’s ability to drive safely. The guide, We Need to Talk:  Family Conversations with Older Drivers, is based on a study of older drivers’ attitudes and driving habits. It offers families practical information to help them advise their loved ones on whether it is time to limit or even give up driving.

The 24-page guide is free and available at its companion Web site at http://www.thehartford.com/talkwitholderdrivers/ or by writing to: The Hartford, We Need to Talk, 200 Executive Blvd., Southington, CT 06489.

Highlights include:
--The Warning Signs, a checklist containing 30 driving behaviors to watch for, ranging from minor indicators, such as riding the brake and hitting curbs, to concerns for immediate action as failure to stop at a red light or confusing the gas and brake pedals. We Need to Talk recommends that families look for a pattern of problems, not simply an isolated incident. The Hartford/MIT AgeLab study found that older drivers were more willing to listen to those who had driven with them.
--“Getting There,” a worksheet containing a list of transportation alternatives and advice on what questions to ask service providers.

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