Convincing Elderly Parents To Give Up Their Keys

Monday, February 14th 2011, 4:55 pm
By: News 9

Kirsten McIntyre, News 9

OKLAHOMA CITY -- Talking with aging parents about when they should stop driving can be a difficult conversation.

The decision to stop driving impacts more than just the person who's no longer behind the wheel; it affects an entire family.

Charles Jones, 76, decided a few months ago it was time to hang up his keys.

"I deal with boredom, with the anxiety of not being able to get in my car and go where I want to go when I want to go, do what I want to do," Jones said.

Jones said glaucoma robbed him of his good eyesight. His adult children had asked him to consider not going on long drives, but he was still driving short distances around the metro. On his final drive, Jones scared himself when he realized how much he couldn't see.

"Two or three times I got over the line, somebody honking at me or something. I decided then it would be best for me not to drive at all. I didn't want to hurt nobody, especially myself."

Jones said families should sit down and have an honest conversation and decide as a group what's best. He also said parents need to realize their children are just concerned about their welfare.

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