Beyond Driving with Dignity; The Workbook for the Families of Older Drivers(2)
Matt GurwellJanuary 23, 2011 11:15 AM
Is your loved one experiencing diminished driving skills? Are they becoming lost in familiar places, bumping into curbs, mailboxes or scraping the sides of the garage when they back out? Have they been involved in a minor parking lot fender-bender or do they complain about being honked at?
According to Matt Gurwell, Founder and CEO of Keeping Us Safe, the most important thing to remember is that the time to start addressing your concerns is now, before "concerns" turn into "tragedies".
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety reports that although older drivers tend to travel fewer miles than younger drivers, the "per mile traveled" crash rates start increasing for drivers 70 and older and increase markedly after age 80.
People age at different rates and some 75 year olds are more alert than other 60 year olds, however there may come a point in any senior’s life when it's time to restrict their driving, or retire from driving altogether.
Giving up driving has emotional, logistical and physical consequences. Seniors who don't drive tend to feel more isolated and depressed than their peers. In addition, studies suggest that seniors who stop driving end up in assisted living facilities sooner than those who still drive. Thus, helping seniors make this important decision means enlisting the full support of their caregivers and family members. The decision to stop driving shouldn't be rushed - but neither should it be delayed.
Matt Gurwell recently released a workbook titled:
"Beyond Driving with Dignity; The workbook for families of older drivers"
In the workbook, he provides families (or professionals working with seniors) with a "roadmap to success" in their quest to overcome the challenges of an older driver's safety. The workbook is very user-friendly and was developed to offer concerned families a working roadmap (complete with actual exercises) on how to address the issue of driving safety with an older adult in the family.
The workbook has been designed to offer additional peace of mind to families, help older drivers maintain their independence and dignity, and at the same time help prevent unnecessary deaths and injuries on our nation's roadways.
Mark Bello has thirty-three years experience as a trial lawyer and twelve years as an underwriter and situational analyst in the lawsuit funding industry. He is the owner and founder of Lawsuit Financial Corporation which helps provide legal finance cash flow solutions and consulting when necessities of life litigation funding is needed by plaintiffs involved in pending, personal injury litigation. Bello is a Justice Pac member of the American Association for Justice, Sustaining and Justice Pac member of the Michigan Association for Justice, Business Associate of the Florida, Tennessee, and Colorado Associations for Justice, a member of the American Bar Association as well as their ABA Advisory Committee, the State Bar of Michigan and the Injury Board