One of the most challenging issues with an aging family member is whether or not they should drive. As we age, most of us have significant decreases in hearing and vision, as well as delayed reflexes. But most older people fear they will lose their independence if you take away the car.
So, what can you do? First of all, encourage your aging family member to start using public transportation before he has to. In many parts of the country, this is no big deal, but in other parts, people rely on their own cars. Public transportation can be buses or trains in urban areas, but don't forget about the cabs.
Using a debit card (or a gift card -- hint, hint) for a taxi service gives many people the independence they want to preserve without be limited by a set schedule or need to get to a specific bus stop or station. Often, regular clients form a working friendship with a specific driver, which creates the feeling of having a personal driver more than having to take a cab.