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With whom do older adults prefer to talk about driving abilities?

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

Hearing sensitive information from the right person can make a big difference. To increase the chances of success, carefully select the person who will initiate the discussion and have others reinforce decisions about driving. Older adults typically prefer to speak confidentially about driving safety with someone they trust. Often family members can form a united front with doctors and friends to help older drivers make good driving decisions.

When choosing a family member to initiate the discussion, consider the personalities involved and past experience approaching difficult topics. Some families mistakenly assign the most outspoken or authoritative member to deliver their concerns as an ultimatum. Such persons are not ideal to open the early discussions on driving, but may better serve as the enforcer of driving decisions.

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