What negative response might an older driver have to talks about driving?

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

Negative reactions to conversations about driving are often more about the message than the messenger. Older adults understand the implications of driving cessation:
  • Fewer trips outside the home
  • Increased and permanent dependency on others for transportation
  • Becoming a burden to others
  • Fewer social opportunities
Families also experience strong emotions. Sometimes family members themselves become angry and frustrated, while others feel guilty for depriving their loved one of the freedom of driving. A calm response will ensure a productive discussion and defuse negative emotions about the topic. Do not postpone the conversation because of fear or guilt. Be prepared to have several conversations to achieve your goal. It is more important to avoid accidents or death than to avoid unpleasant topics.

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