How can one encourage an older adult to use alternative transportation?

This answer is based on a publication and research conducted by The Hartford and MIT AgeLab:

Effective conversations encourage future planning and show respect for the older adult’s ability to make appropriate decisions. When observing the older person modifying his or her driving habits, use these opportunities to explore transportation options together to give the older adult time to adjust to them.

“If you don’t want to drive at night, we can arrange for someone to pick you up.” Commend the older driver for being cautious and help arrange transportation.

“Let’s take the bus so we don’t have to deal with the parking downtown.” Practice using public transportation together before it becomes a necessity. Remember that public transportation may be difficult or impossible to use for some older adults with physical or cognitive difficulties who must limit their driving. In these cases, families are often the first and only alternative transportation.

“You could save hundreds of dollars if you sold your car.” Insurance, maintenance, depreciation, and gasoline costs make owning and operating a car expensive. Even taxi services, which provide door-to-door service, can be more economical.

“What if something happened and you couldn’t drive? What would you do?” Ask what-if questions to encourage advance planning.

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